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 (860) 801-8173 today to reach Family Dental Center of Connecticut.

Recent Posts

Benefits Of Clear Braces

Clear braces are a popular option for those who may be self-conscious of their smile. For teens and young adults, you may hear jokes from friends regarding your braces. For adults, wearing braces can lower your confidence at the office or while out with friends.Clear braces not only help you achieve a great smile, but…

The 4 Most Common Signs Of Tooth Decay

When it comes to tooth decay, there are some very specific signs and symptoms that people should be on the lookout for. If someone is experiencing any of these symptoms, it would be best that they make an appointment with their dentist as soon as possible, in order to maintain a healthy dental routine.As cavities…

5 Crucial Steps To Include In Your Daily Dental Hygiene Routine

If you truly value your physical appearance, it is very important that you take good care of your teeth, always. Even though this is easy to say, it takes a lifetime of consistent care for you to achieve healthy teeth. Yes, it could be that you were born with a naturally beautiful set of teeth.…

How To Make Professional Teeth Whitening Last

Whether a person is looking forward to a social event or wanting an improved smile, whitening can cause the smile to stand out. Even if you brush twice a day for two-minutes, avoid smoking and visit the dentist for annual cleanings, your love for blueberries or wine may leave that smile appearing less than dazzling.A…


Recent Posts

Benefits Of Clear Braces

Benefits Of Clear Braces

Clear braces are a popular option for those who may be self-conscious of their smile. For teens and young adults, you may hear jokes from friends regarding your braces. For adults, wearing braces can lower your confidence at the office or while out with friends.Clear braces not only help you achieve a great smile, but…

The   Most Common Signs Of Tooth Decay

The 4 Most Common Signs Of Tooth Decay

When it comes to tooth decay, there are some very specific signs and symptoms that people should be on the lookout for. If someone is experiencing any of these symptoms, it would be best that they make an appointment with their dentist as soon as possible, in order to maintain a healthy dental routine.As cavities…