Once the source of a problem is found, it can be treated. After the patient consults with Dr. Barker and is evaluated, there are a number of treatments to assist patients with their sleep disorders. While sometimes one treatment will be effective enough for one patient, other patients may require the combination of several different treatments as a solution. The following briefly describes some of the treatments used at Barker Sleep Institute:
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
This is the most common and effective way to treat obstructive sleep apnea. A steady stream of air blows through a mask and into the back of the throat to keep the airway open. Masks will either fit over the patient’s nose, consist of small pillows that fit into the patient’s nostrils or be worn over the entire face, covering the patient’s nose and mouth. This device is used while the patient sleeps. The CPAP User’s Manual is below.
Each CPAP machine has a device inside that can be removed, inserted into a computer and downloaded by the proper software. The information downloaded provides Dr. Barker with a report on how CPAP is working for that particular patient. From this information, Dr. Barker will know how often the patient is actually wearing the mask and if there are any leaks or significant changes in pressure occurring that need to be altered to best treat the patient.
A wide variety of prescription drugs have been developed to help treat specific sleep disorders. Each medication is designed to help a specific type of sleep disorder for a particular type of patient. In order to get the best treatment possible, patients must go through the consultation and evaluation process first, so that the physician has all the medical history, sleep study data and information possible to make a final, educated and informed decision before writing a prescription. Medication may be used with another type of treatment.
These devices open the patient’s airway as they sleep by advancing and holding the lower jaw forward. Oral appliances are typically used to treat sleep related bruxism, obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
Bright Light Therapy
For patients with imbalanced circadian rhythms, an effective way to shift the circadian rhythms back to their normal pattern is to deliver a specifically engineered wavelength, color and intensity of light the stimulates the production of key substances triggered by the brain. This device shines a safe light in the peripheral vision of the patient, naturally affects the body by shifting the body clock to its correct timing, causing the proper signals to be produced at the right time of day. Successful bright light therapy provides patients with more energy and mood relief.
A number of surgical options are available to patients suffering from severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea. Surgery addresses the anatomic problem areas that compromise airflow and cause apnea. Any surgical treatment for sleep apnea must address the anatomic problem areas. There may be one or several areas that compromise airflow and cause apnea. Surgical treatments can address the nose, palate, tongue, jaw, neck, obesity, or several of these areas at the same time. Each surgery’s success rate is determined by whether or not a specific airway collapse is prevented. Therefore, the ideal surgery is different for each patient and depends on each patient’s specific problem.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
These methods teach the patient how to change actions or thoughts that hurt his or her ability to sleep well. The patient learns how to develop habits that promote a healthy pattern of sleep.
Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy
Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy is a simple and effective new treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Provent Therapy utilizes your own breathing to provide clinically proven results in the treatment of OSA. If you have been diagnosed with OSA and are noncompliant with your prescribed CPAP therapy, Provent Therapy just might be the answer for you.