Sleep Apnea Treatment
According to the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 18 million adults suffer from sleep apnea. And many of them don’t know it. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax while you sleep, instead of keeping the airway open. What are the signs of sleep apnea, and how can it be treated?
What Are the Signs of Sleep Apnea?
Feeling sleepy and fatigued while you are awake, awakening suddenly at night, or waking up and gasping for air—all are signs of sleep apnea. But the most common sign of sleep apnea is snoring. Approximately 90% of people who snore have obstructive sleep apnea, which means their airway is obstructed during sleep.
In addition to making you feel tired, long-term, untreated sleep apnea can be life-threatening. If you have this condition and it’s left untreated, you can have a higher risk for heart problems, cardiac arrest, and stroke.
What Are the Sleep Apnea Treatments?
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has designated oral appliances as the preferred treatment for mild and moderate sleep apnea and snoring.
As an extensively trained dentist, Dr. Azarbal is experienced in the use of a number of non-invasive oral appliances, including Tap®, the Full Breath Solution, and the SomnoDent® MAS.
Dr. Azarbal uses the Ares™ portable sleep study machine. Data gathered during a sleep study is used for diagnosis by a sleep doctor.
The Ares machine is also used to ensure that your sleep apnea device is working properly, and to make any needed adjustments.
Impressions of your teeth are taken to make a customized appliance to fit your mouth. It is worn while you sleep, so you can breathe without snoring and get restful sleep.
CPAP Intolerant Patients
Use of an oral appliance to open the airway may resolve your sleep apnea episodes without the need for a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device—a machine that blows air into your nose through a mask.
If you have already been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and are having difficulty using a CPAP machine, Dr. Azarbal can recommend a range of alternative treatments.
Which Treatment Is Right for Your Sleep Apnea?
If you or someone you love is suffering with sleep apnea, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Azarbal. He will perform the appropriate tests for accurate diagnosis and treatment that will help you get the sleep you need.