Holistic Solutions For Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a dangerous disorder that has been linked to genetics, as well as environmental factors. While 40% of cases are linked to a family history of the condition, 60% of incidences are influenced by your behavior or your lifestyle.
For example, being overweight or smoking can contribute to having sleep apnea and worsen the severity of your condition, so if you lose weight or quit smoking, you can expect to see a noticeable difference in your symptoms.
While the exact cause of your sleep apnea may be unknown, there are certain holistic solutions that can complement your treatment to ensure the best results are achieved. During your initial consultation, Dr. Simmons will conduct a thorough examination and create a customized treatment plan to meet your individual needs.
He’ll suggest a trusted treatment method such as the use of an oral appliance and any lifestyle modifications that would benefit you the most.
Dr. Simmons may recommend a combination of holistic solutions, such as:
- Maintain a healthy weight – Excess tissue can further block your airway, increasing the severity of your disorder.
- Positional therapy – The use of pillows can help prevent sleep apnea events. Whether you sleep on your side or your back, Dr. Simmons can recommend a pillow that’s right for you.
- Avoid alcohol – Alcohol can cause the muscles around your airway to relax, which can lead to snoring and an interrupted sleep cycle. It can also cause your airways to become inflamed, leading to a restriction in airflow.
- Avoid smoking – Smoking also leads to inflammation in the muscles around your airway and can disrupt your breathing pattern, leading to sleep apnea events.
- Try Yoga – Yoga can improve your respiratory strength and promote oxygen flow.
- Use a humidifier – Dry air can irritate your respiratory system. Using a humidifier will promote open airways and decrease congestion.
Patients who follow through with their treatment plan typically see better results.
Dr. Simmons Can Help Find A Solution That’s Right For You
A holistic approach will always yield better results. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Simmons by calling (818) 300-0070 and we’ll help you achieve a healthy night’s rest.
Dr. Simmons is an American Dental Association recognized specialist in orofacial pain and has a Master’s Degree in Sleep Medicine from a leading international medical school sleep medicine program as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Health.
Dr. Simmons is also double-board credentialed in both orofacial pain and dental sleep medicine by the two leading internationally recognized credentialing organizations in these two fields of study. With his decades of experience and extensive education, you can expect your evaluation to be very thorough so we can find a treatment that serves you best.