Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). This appliance consists of an apparatus that pumps the air into the mask through the air tubes. The treatment consists of the patient wearing the CPAP mask while they are asleep. The masks cover the nose and mouth. A CPAP pump controls the stream of air going into the mask. This pressure holds the floppy muscles of the throat, in position preventing them from closing the airway. The doctor determines the amount of pressure to be used. These masks are effective but compliance has been an issue. If a CPAP machine or surgery is recommended, you will be referred to a cardiologist or ENT doctor. All of your findings and results and our prescription will be forwarded to the doctor.
Dental Sleep Apnea Appliance
Dental sleep apnea appliances are worn only at night ( or when a person traditionally sleeps). They fit like an orthodontic retainer. The appliance supports the jaw in a down and forward position to help maintain an open, unobstructed upper airway. Research shows that the dental oral appliance is an effective therapy for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. This device is meant to treat those with mild to moderate OSA. It is easy to wear, easy for travel. Sleep apnea mouthguards are by far the most popular option. It should be noted again that for patients diagnosed with severe sleep apnea; the CPAP machine is the gold standard of care. According to many studies, though the CPAP machines considered to provide a better solution for patients with severe sleep apnea; due to their many restrictions, discomforts, and numerous side effects, many patients end up switching to sleep apnea mouth guards for their comfort and ease of use.
At 172 NYC Dental Impressions and records for the Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance can be taken on the same day that you receive your results. These include study models done with a tiny wand, no more gooey gagging impressions in our office. This Is the magic of 3D Imagining. We take measurements that depict the horizontal and lateral movements of your mouth. These records will then go to our premier sleep apnea laboratory. The company that we use is called Somnomed. They make several different types of appliances depending upon the particular needs for each patient. We use the Herbst Advance, the Flex, Air, and Suad varieties. Many people are now undergoing Invisalign orthodontic treatment; where they wear clear retainers at night. A special type of sleep apnea appliance can be made to fit over these trays. So that orthodontic and breathing problems can be treated all at the same time.
In cases where the apnea is caused by a physical deformity, surgery might be required before any appliance is prescribed. The success rate from surgical procedures is not high. It is also one of the most invasive procedures used to treat sleep apnea. Commonly surgeons remove and tighten tissue to form a more patent (open) airway.
Prescription medicines are another possible treatment. They have not been proven to be very successful. Stimulants are given to reduce the number of apnea episodes each night. The side effects can be pronounced such as palpitations and insomnia. In cases where patients aren’t sleeping well, stimulants may be given to prevent daytime drowsiness. Overall we feel that this is an ineffective way of treating the problem.
Book a Sleep Apnea Consultation with 172 NYC Dental
At 172 NYC Dental, we feel that diagnosing and treating Sleep Apnea is a fundamental part of our mission to deliver comprehensive dental care to our patients. We have the cutting edge diagnostic equipment, we have the experience and expertise. Make an appointment for a complimentary Sleep Apnea consultation.