Obstructive sleep apnea can interrupt the sleep of individuals dealing with the disease by not allowing them to breathe correctly. Patients may experience pauses in the breath that can last for more than ten seconds, causing health issues and becoming more dangerous the longer it goes on without treatment.
Patients may not be able to diagnose their sleep apnea without the help of a professional, but the symptoms below can help medical professionals diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Speak with your doctor if you experience any of the following:
There are several different methods that your dentist may suggest when it comes to treating sleep apnea and managing symptoms. Let’s take a look at three of the most popular treatment options for this health condition.
Oral appliances work by changing the position of the jaw or the tongue and keeping them from blocking the airways. This prevents pauses in breathing that may be caused by the airways collapsing or by the tongue falling into an improper position during sleep.
A CPAP machine uses a mask that is fitted over the nose or the mouth, depending on the requirements of the patient. It blows a steady stream of air into the airways, keeping them open while sleeping. It’s extremely effective and may be recommended for sleep apnea management.
If other methods don’t seem to work, surgery is also an option. During surgery, the excess tissues in the airway are removed so that they no longer get in the way when breathing while sleeping.
To speak with a dental professional about managing obstructive sleep apnea, call Mercer Smiles and schedule an appointment at our dental clinic in Robbinsville, NJ. We can help you determine the best course of treatment for your condition.