Many people with obstructive sleep apnea need to find a fast solution for improving their ability to breathe well. One of the ways to do this is through dieting and exercise to reduce the amount of excess tissue in the throat area. However, in the meantime, the use of a few devices may offer significant relief for you without limiting your ability to remain comfortable at night.
Oral appliances are designed to pull the tongue forward, limiting the amount of obstruction present. There are also devices called MAD, or mandibular advancement devices that allow for the top and bottom teeth to be pulled forward to keep the airway open.
Another option is to use a device such as a Travelwedge to help elevate the neck and head. This helps to extend the airway and open it up. These are usually very comfortable and do not take much to get used to, but they can help encourage you to sleep better at night rather instantly.
Once you visit your doctor and have a sleep study, he or she may recommend the use of a CPAP, a device that works to keep your airway open by forcing a continuous flow of air through it. It is not painful, and you can get used to it, but it is one of the hallmarks of treatment for sleep apnea and nearly always beneficial to patients.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, recognize the risks. Work with your doctor to reduce your symptoms so that you can sleep better at night. Doing so helps to minimize the risk that you cause damage to your heart or brain due to sleep apnea. It can also help you to feel better during the day because you are sleeping more soundly at night.