Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a disorder that interrupts normal breathing during sleep. The symptoms of sleep apnea are sleepiness during the day, waking up tired, headaches when you wake, and irritability. Treatment options vary depending on how severe your sleep apnea is. At Morningside Dental Care we can help you understand more about sleep apnea and all the available treatment options.
Severe sleep apnea might wake you up 20, 30, or 40 times per hour every night. Other symptoms include loud snoring, pauses in breathing and teeth grinding. Sleep apnea occurs when extra tissue blocks the throat and airway passages, or if the airway is smaller than normal. Your current health and congenital factors largely determine how severe your sleep apnea is. Sometimes the condition is associated with obesity, but not always. Even children can suffer from this disorder.
Getting the right treatment for sleep apnea is very important. Not only for relief of symptoms but to promote long-term health as well. If you or your partner think you may have sleep apnea, contact Morningside Dental Care, or see your medical doctor as soon as possible.
Common Treatments for Sleep Apnea
One of the most common ways to treat sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP). CPAP machines use pressure to keep your airways open during sleep. They usually include a small machine, a length of tube, and a mask. The mask fits over your nose and mouth and blows air gently into your airway to keep it open during sleep. This method is highly effective for treating sleep apnea, but it is not the only method.
Oral Pressure Therapy (OPT) is another method of treatment for moderate to severe cases of sleep apnea. The system uses a mouthpiece that specifically fits the individual and a small vacuum console. The two connect with a flexible tube producing a light vacuum that re-positions the tongue and soft palate, opening the airway. Many people prefer this method of treatment because it does not require wearing a mask and allows the individual to sleep in any position they choose.
Oral appliances that look like a mouth guard have also proven effective. The device is custom-made by a dentist, and it works by moving the tongue or lower jaw forward and upward, increasing the size of the airway. These devices are used mainly for patients who experience mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Contact Morningside Dental Care for Sleep-Related Issues
It is difficult to function well without good sleep. Sleep apnea can lead to depression, anxiety, and heart problems. Treating the condition will not only relieve your symptoms but also improve your mood and ability to function. Visit us at our Manhattan office for an examination and a recommendation for treating sleep apnea.