Popular Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a medical condition where the patient's airways become obstructed during sleep. It leads to snoring and, in certain situations, life-threatening medical conditions. This medical issue often causes an inability to get quality sleep and the results of sleep deprivation during the day.

Fortunately, there are some options available when it comes to treating sleep apnea.

Treatment options for sleep apnea

1. CPAP

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure devices are one of the primary ways of treating sleep apnea. It is a machine that feeds the patient with pressurized air that keeps the airways open as the person sleeps. Keeping the airways open helps to prevent any interruptions to the person's breathing while sleeping.

Many CPAP machines are small enough to fit on a drawer next to the patient's bed, and a piece of flexible tubing and a mask is worn. There are a variety of options when it comes to the type of mask the patient decides to go with like nasal pillows and masks that cover the mouth and nose.

2. Oral appliances

Oral appliances can be used to treat mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. These are mouth-guard like devices that are used to keep the patient's airways open during sleep. Two main types of oral devices are used to address sleep apnea: tongue retaining devices and mandibular advancement appliances (MADs).

MADs are worn while the patient sleeps, and the device pushes the wearer's jaw forward, opening up the upper airway. A tongue retaining device has an attachment that keeps the tongue from falling back into the airway.

Oral appliances are customized for each patient. The dentist takes a digital or physical impression of the patient's mouth, and the dimensions are sent to a laboratory where the device is made. The dentists will contact the patient when the device is ready for a follow-up appointment and educate the person on adequately using it. Oral appliances are easy to use and carry around.

3. Surgery

Some instances of sleep apnea require surgical treatments. The exact type of surgical procedure used varies depending on each particular situation, but the goal is always the same: clearing up the person's airways.

This is usually done by the removal of soft tissues that may be blocking the airways or the correction of nasal deformities like a deviated septum that can restrict the airway. Surgical treatments are typically considered after other treatments have failed.

Surgical treatment might be done to remove polyps, adenoids, and enlarged tonsils. There are also surgical treatments that can be done to prevent the tongue from falling back into the airways.

4. Weight loss

One of the causes of sleep apnea is being overweight. People whose airways become restricted during sleep because of their weight can treat it by shedding some pounds. Losing weight will improve the breathing of anyone who is overweight.

We are ready to help! Contact us today. 

Find yourself dealing with sleep apnea? Contact one of our dentists to discuss these and other options. We are ready to help guide you in making the best decisions for your sleep apnea and health. 

Call (301) 485-7492 today to reach Gateway Dental Dr. William Swann DDS.

Recent Posts

Visiting Your Bowie Dentist For Critical Examinations

When you visit our Bowie dentist office, the one thing that you will be sure to hear about is the importance of having regularly scheduled appointments right here at the dentist office. Over the last several years, we have observed an alarming trend, nationally, with fewer people coming in to see their dentist on a…

Preventive Dentistry: 7 Things You Need To Know About Sugar And Your Dental Health 

Preventive dentistry centers around a few core values: Practice good daily oral hygiene, never skip a dental cleaning and avoid sugar. Steering clear of sugary food and drinks is one of the pillars of dentistry.Read on to discover the seven things you need to know about the connection between sugar and tooth health.The mouth is…

Can A General Dentist Receive Endodontic Training To Perform Periodontic Care?

Thinking you are in need of endodontic services? Both periodontists and endodontists are types of dental professionals who focus on treating patients who are experiencing dental problems that are related to their gums and other supporting structures in or near the teeth.Learning more about the endodontic training necessary to become a periodontist allows you to…

How Many Types Of Professional Dental Cleanings Are Available?

A dental cleaning from a professional helps individuals of all ages to maintain good oral health. There are different dental cleanings that may be required, based on the patient's health history as well as any risks that pose a threat to oral health. General dentists can perform evaluations to determine what type of cleanings are…


Recent Posts

Can A General Dentist Receive Endodontic Training To Perform Periodontic Care?

Can A General Dentist Receive Endodontic Training To Perform Periodontic Care?

Thinking you are in need of endodontic services? Both periodontists and endodontists are types of dental professionals who focus on treating patients who are experiencing dental problems that are related to their gums and other supporting structures in or near the teeth.Learning more about the endodontic training necessary to become a periodontist allows you to…

How Many Types Of Professional Dental Cleanings Are Available?

How Many Types Of Professional Dental Cleanings Are Available?

A dental cleaning from a professional helps individuals of all ages to maintain good oral health. There are different dental cleanings that may be required, based on the patient's health history as well as any risks that pose a threat to oral health. General dentists can perform evaluations to determine what type of cleanings are…