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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is there something I can do to prevent sleep apnea?

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    Kirsty Woods

    Exercise Physiologist

    Hi I’m Kirsty Woods,I would like to use my experience, expertise and passion to help you reach your weight, energy and health goalsI have been … View Profile

    Prevention and treatment of sleep apnea varies depending on severity and triggers.
     
    Losing weight and cutting down on alcohol consumption are some lifestyle changes that help for some individuals. For others it may be necessary to treat related medical conditions, use a CPAP machine or undergo surgery.
     
    For the best treatment option for YOU it is best to talk to your treating doctor and sleep specialist. 

  • Sharon Moore

    Speech Pathologist

    I am a Speech Pathologist with 30 years clinical experience, working over the years with a wide range of clients with communication and swallowing disorders. … View Profile

    If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnoea by a sleep physician follow their advice on use of CPAP,  mandibular splinting, weight loss, allergy management, orthodontic work, cessation of mouth breathing….. or what ever other advice they have given.
    There is also evidence that exercising the muscles of the face and  mouth (orofacial myology) can have a positive effect on reducing apnoea if you have a moderate or mild condition. The exercise is not an alternative to medical management, but an adjunct which may improve your long term improvement of airway function.

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