Snoring and Sleep Disorder Treatment Options in Birmingham, Alabama

When it comes to snoring, OSA, and other sleep disorders, there’s no one solution for everyone. What may work great for someone else may not be the right option for you and your lifestyle. Dr. Paige Lester and the rest of our staff have been helping the people of Birmingham sleep well for years, and we’d love to help you.

Because everyone’s needs are different, we recommend a sleep test where your sleep patterns can be studied and so we can properly assess and diagnose your sleeping problem. Sleep tests can be done in a sleep center or the comfort of your own bed. After your sleep is monitored, we can help you decide which treatment option is best for you.

Below, you’ll find two OSA treatment options and several recommendations to help you start sleeping better tonight.

Oral Appliances

While there are multiple treatment options for sleeping disorders, the oral appliance is one of the most convenient. Users simply slip the oral appliance, which is like a mouthguard, into place before they go to sleep. These appliances are small, discrete, travel-well and many people consider them less intrusive that other treatment options.

Dr. Paige Lester can create a custom oral appliance to fit the shape of your mouth, which allows optimized comfort and effectiveness. There are some “do-it-yourself” oral options out there, however none of these will provide the comfort, convenience, and accuracy of our custom oral appliance.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy (CPAP)

man-with-cpapCPAP therapy is one of the most common treatment plans for obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP treatments utilize the power of a lightweight pump that gently delivers air through a CPAP mask that you wear while you sleep to keep your airway open. Although CPAP machines are less discrete than some other treatment options, they are highly effective and get positive results and satisfied clients.

Sleep Hygiene

Did you know that eating a large dinner too close to bedtime can affect your quality of sleep? Insomnia can be caused by any number of issues. Here are some measures that can be taken to improve your sleep (We recommend you consult a physician if none of the recommendations below help you sleep better):

  • Maintain a healthy weight for your body type.
  • Either keep your cellphone in another room or put it on airplane mode while you sleep. Do not wake up to check it in the night.
  • Do not watch television, read, or use electronics in bed. Make your bed for sleep only.
  • Try not to eat a large meal too close to bedtime.
  • Keep your room dark, quiet, and relaxing. Keep the temperature moderate and comfortable.
  • Avoid stimulants like coffee or alcohol within four hours of bedtime.
  • Stay on a schedule; go to bed at the same time every night, and wake up at the same time every morning.
  • Try taking a hot bath before bed.
  • Avoid hard exercise within two hours of going to bed.