Sleep Apnea Treatment
What is Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Sleep apnea is a serious, yet common disorder that affects a patient’s breathing throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when the soft tissues at the back of the throat relax or become crushed over the airway while you’re asleep. This not only causes loud, disruptive snoring, but it may lead to restless sleeping and constantly walking up during the night. In order to eliminate the apnea symptoms, we can make an oral device that you wear while sleeping to keep the airway open.
Why would Sleep Apnea Treatment be needed?
Failing to treat sleep apnea can be detrimental to your overall health. Because you’re not getting a full night of rest, you may be too tired throughout the day to work or spend time with your family. Sleep apnea can even develop and cause other health conditions, so early treatment is important. Sleep apnea can seriously impact the overall quality of your life and the loud snoring accompanied with the condition can be problematic for your family.
Who is a candidate for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, you may benefit from an oral device used to treat the condition. For more severe cases, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor about treatment options. The device that we are able to make gently opens the airway, preventing it from collapsing in on itself while you sleep. Many have found that these devices are easier to wear and more comfortable than traditional CPAP machines.
What happens during Sleep Apnea Treatment?
The treatment process begins with a consultation and exam. We want to get to know you and your oral and overall health. We will go over your medical history and examine any sleep studies that you’ve had done. We ask you about your symptoms before creating a treatment plan and recommending an oral device. We then take impressions and use the molds to make your apnea appliance. You should wear the appliance nightly so that it effectively treats the symptoms you’re experiencing.
If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea treatment and what to expect, call our office today to schedule a convenient consultation appointment.