Sleep Apnea Treatment
We offer advanced, comprehensive treatment options for sleep apnea that fit your individual needs and lifestyle. Your physicians work with you to make the changes necessary to improve your sleep quality and overall well-being.
Your sleep disorders physicians understand the difficulty of going about your daily activities when you have trouble sleeping. They will strive to help you rest easy.
Sleep Apnea Devices
A variety of devices and masks help relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea. IU Health respiratory therapists will work with you to find the ones that fit you best so you can rest comfortably. IU Health Sleep Apnea Education Centers provide individualized breathing device options including CPAP, BiPAP and AutoPAP.
In a consultation of up to 90 minutes, sleep experts use their skill and experience to ensure an excellent fit and teach you how to use your device. They provide thorough follow-up to answer questions, resolve problems and help you use the equipment effectively.
Learn more how IU Health provides personalized CPAP and other breathing devices.
Oral Appliances & Mouthpieces
Selected patients with obstructive sleep apnea may benefit from an oral appliance (or mouthpiece) created by a sleep dentist. The sleep dentist specially molds it to keep your mouth and throat in a position that allows your airways to stay open during sleep.
You may find these more comfortable than PAP machines, though your physician will recommend PAP machines first in the line of treatment for sleep apnea.
Your physicians may recommend surgical treatment to reduce the risk of airway obstruction if no other options improve your condition.
IU Health Ear, Nose & Throat surgeons can remove tissue in your throat and mouth to open up the airway or move your jaw forward so your airway has a wider opening. All surgeries have risks of bleeding, infection and pain. Speak with your physician about all your options before undergoing surgery.
Weight Loss Support
Body weight can dramatically increase problems associated with sleep apnea. Your physicians will provide you with support and resources to lose weight.
You may need to visit with an IU Health dietitian to create a nutrition plan to help you lose weight in a healthy way. Regular exercise can also lead to weight loss as well as improved sleep quality.
If you are morbidly obese, one of several bariatric surgeries may help. Bariatric surgery weight loss options include:
Losing excess weight aids the treatment of sleep apnea and often improves the condition. In some cases of mild or moderate sleep apnea, shedding extra pounds may correct the issue.
Referral to Specialist
If your sleep apnea causes other problems, our physicians can refer you to other IU Health experts who can improve your health.
If the amount of oxygen in your blood drops during sleep because you stop breathing, it can increase your blood pressure and risk for heart disease. IU Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians provide expert management of high blood pressure and other cardiovascular conditions.