Sleep Apnea Treatment
What is Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep-related breathing disorders. While you sleep, this condition causes the soft tissues at the back of the throat to close over the airway while you sleep. This can lead to loud snoring, disruption of the sleep cycle due to constant waking up in order to breathe. You may feel exhausted, irritable, and lethargic during the day if you have sleep apnea. Severe sleep apnea can lead to systemic effects throughout the whole body. Treatment can involve both surgical as well as non-surgical options that helps to alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea.
Why is Sleep Apnea Treatment needed?
If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause a variety of health problems that stem from your inability to sleep thoroughly throughout the night, as well as the cessations in your breathing. A sleep study is needed first to determine the severity of sleep apnea. Based on the study information, treatment options can be explained. Treatment can be as easy as oral sleep appliance or CPAP. However, severe forms of sleep apnea are best treated with MMA (maxillomandibular advancement, or jaw surgery). This surgical option will move the jaws forward in order to create more airway space, so patients can breathe when sleeping.
Who is a candidate for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
The best candidates for oral treatment of sleep apnea are those with mild to moderate apnea symptoms. We will review your medical and health history to determine if you would benefit from the treatment that we offer. If you have more severe symptoms, we will recommend that you talk to your doctor about other treatment options. With the help of an exam and consultation, we can determine if treatment in our office is right for you.
What is an Oral Appliance?
We start by taking impressions of your teeth, gums, and mouth. These molds are then used to make the new oral device that will treat your sleep apnea. You will be instructed on how and when to wear the device. It is important that the device be worn nightly so that it remains effective at treating the apnea symptoms. You should have the device replaced as it begins to show signs of wear. Many of our patients enjoy the fact that the oral device is easier and more comfortable to wear when compared to a CPAP machine.
If you would like to learn more about how sleep apnea treatment works, call us today to speak with one of our professionally trained team members.