Sleep Apnea Treatment

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Do you or someone you know snore?
Do you often feel tired?
Does snoring affect your relationship?
Do you currently wear a CPAP and are not happy with or are looking for an alternative to it?

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea leads to a loss of energy, concentration, productivity and an inability to stay awake during less active tasks like reading, watching television and driving. In serious cases, the continuous oxygen deprivation caused by sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and even sudden death. There may be a genetic component to this disorder as it often occurs within families.

What can be done to treat sleep apnea?

tapIn less severe cases, weight loss and a reduction in alcohol and other sedative use before bedtime has been a very successful remedy. Sleep experts also recommend that most people with sleep apnea should not sleep on their backs. Sometimes sewing a tennis ball into the back of a nightshirt or use of a backpack filled with foam rubber can eliminate back sleeping. In more serious cases continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines blow air through a mask into the body during sleep. Although this treatment helps most people, some cannot tolerate this method and may benefit from oral devices that change the position of mouth structures during sleep.

What are the Health Risks if Left Untreated?

There are multiple publications that show people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea , left untreated, that a sleepy person has more than five times greater chance of having cardiac disease and the possibility of a heart attack or stroke. There is also a report just taken from American Thoracic Society, and announced in the New York Times, that patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea have a five times greater chance of dying from cancer.

How do I get started?

tap-3-elite_700You will need to make an appointment with our office where we will do a full dental examination to determine if you are a good candidate for an oral appliance. We will then screen you with an at home sleep analysis consisting of small machine worn on your wrist like a watch and a pulse oximeter on your finger. If it is determined that you have sleep apnea we will move forward with a further sleep study that you will need to determine the complete extent of your sleep apnea and is also necessary for any type of insurance coverage. Once we have this information we will build you a custom device to wear and treat your sleep apnea. This device is often covered by medical insurance and we will do everything possible to get the benefits owed to you.