As we advise you on getting a good night's sleep, we’ll consider your unique challenges and recommend one or several adjustments and therapies. You may find that over time, as you and your sleep patterns change, you’ll seek new therapies. Our Sentara specialists are here to guide you at both the start of your journey in seeking a restful night and during the times when your sleep habits are altered. Some of the options we’ll explore:
If your adenoids are enlarged, they may block your airway. Removing them can make it easier for you to sleep.
Mandibular advancement device
This device gently pulls your bottom jaw forward to keep your airway open, potentially reducing snoring and sleep apnea.
Positive airway pressure therapy
Also known as PAP, this therapy uses a small, quiet machine to gently blow air into your throat so that it remains open as you sleep. You can choose between several types of machines depending on your needs:
- CPAP Delivers a continuous stream of air and acts as a splint keeping your airway open
- BiPAP (bar level) Delivers two levels of air pressure, one of which is lower to ease exhaling
- VPAP/ASV (Varying PAP/Adaptive Servo Ventilation) Delivers a varying amount of air pressure, adjusting to your needs
Sleeping on your back can encourage snoring and sleep apnea, as your lower jaw, tongue and uvula may partially block your airway in that position. Some simple tools and devices can help you avoid lying on your back, such as:
- Pillows and wedges
- Adjustable beds
- Foam bumper belts with a back block
- Vibrating bands activated when you roll on your back
To connect with a Sentara neurology or neurosurgery specialist, please call 1-877-310-8713.