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Sleep Disorders

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Garland

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Treating Sleep Disorders 

After a comprehensive sleep study, you will meet with a board-certified sleep specialist to develop an individualized treatment plan. Every patient’s treatment plan is tailored to their own unique needs and might include medication, surgery, lifestyle changes and/or a medical device.

Obstructive sleep apnea is often effectively treated with a continuous positive airway pressure mask (CPAP). A CPAP is comprised of a mask, a tube and a fan.

The device uses pressurized air to force the tongue forward, thereby opening up the throat, making breathing at night easier. While a CPAP doesn’t cure sleep apnea, it can reduce snoring and disturbances to quality sleep.

Surgery and dental devices also are sometimes used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Conditions such as narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome are frequently treated with prescription medications.

Lifestyle changes often recommended to help manage sleep disorders include:

  • Weight loss/change of diet
  • Quitting smoking
  • Exercise
  • Stress reduction
  • Changing sleep position