Sleep Apnea Treatment
Finding the right sleep apnea treatment requires a close analysis of your symptoms, lifestyle, and other factors.
At our San Angelo office, Dr Max Tea can determine the best way to help you achieve restful sleep if suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
Which treatment is right for me?
It Depends on the Type of Sleep Apnea Affecting You
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. Due to overly relaxed or enlarged throat muscles, large tonsils, adenoids, or a serious overbite, the airways become too narrow during sleep and restrict the flow of oxygen. Dr. Teja can often treat OSA with a custom oral appliance.
Central sleep apnea (CSA) is less common but much more serious. The condition occurs when your brain stops regulating breathing during sleep. CSA requires a specialist's care, and Dr. Teja can provide you with a referral.
Also known as mixed sleep apnea, complex sleep apnea is a combination of both OSA and CSA. Patients with complex sleep apnea do not respond to treatments for OSA alone. Dr. Teja can work with your other Concho Valley doctors to find a solution.
From Simple to Surgical
Dr. Teja can design a custom mouthpiece that fits comfortably over your teeth and repositions your lower jaw to a forward position during the night, opening your airways and reducing snoring. Studies have shown that oral appliances are effective for 50% of OSA sufferers, including those with severe OSA.
Continuous positive airway pressure therapy, or CPAP, involves wearing a mask that delivers positive air pressure to keep the airways open while you sleep.
Combining Oral Appliances and CPAP
If an oral appliance alone fails to help you achieve restful sleep, or if you do not like using a CPAP machine, Dr. Teja may recommend a special combination of the two. This involves administering air pressure through a nasal device while also wearing the oral appliance.
If noninvasive treatments cannot help you overcome issues caused by excess tissue, large tonsils, or enlarged adenoids, surgery may be recommended. During the procedure, a surgeon can remove the excess tissue to improve airflow.
Oral Appliances versus CPAP
Although CPAP is an effective OSA treatment, many patients find that they prefer oral appliances because:
- They can be more comfortable to wear than CPAP masks.
- Oral appliances do not cause dry or itchy sinuses, which CPAP often can.
- CPAP involves tubes and other equipment that can become tangled or knocked around during sleep.
- It is far easier to travel with an oral appliance.
The DNA Appliance
The DNA Appliance® (Daytime Nighttime Appliance) is a non-surgical sleep apnea treatment option that encourages craniofacial development in order to open the airway. When worn, the DNA appliance expands the width of your bite and shifts the jaw forward to reduce or completely alleviate airway obstruction.
Virtually Pain-Free Sleep Apnea Treatment
The DNA Appliance is a minimally invasive solution that is custom-fitted to your bite for the most comfortable treatment. Since the appliance fosters natural movement, most patients describe it as a painless solution. In fact, while using the DNA appliance, many patients are relieved of jaw pain as the tissues shift into better alignment.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Before recommending a treatment option, Dr. Teja must gather information about your health history, sleep patterns, and other data:
The Stages of Sleep Apnea Treatment
In addition to reducing snoring throughout the night, a custom oral appliance can help you feel well-rested and improve your quality of life.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Improve Both Emotional and Physical Symptoms
Lifestyle Changes Can Be Equally Essential
Researchers at the American College of Physicians (ACP) have found that for many patients, weight loss is an effective method of improving the symptoms of OSA.
Sleep on Your Side
Sleeping on your side instead of on your back can prevent the muscles in your throat from blocking oxygen flow during sleep.
Unique Diagnostic Technology
OSA Is a Hazard to Your Health
Untreated obstructive sleep apnea can lead to:
- Drowsy driving
- High blood pressure
- Increased stroke risk
- Weight gain
- Teeth clenching & grinding
If you think you may be suffering from OSA, you have everything to gain by scheduling a consultation in San Angelo with Dr. Teja as soon as possible.
Dr. Max Teja
Dr. Teja is a skilled dentist focused on improving your overall health. He is dedicated to providing biocompatible dentistry services to protect your total body health. Our practice is proud to be affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:
- American Dental Association
- International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology
- World Clinical Laser Institute
For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (325) 223-2373 today.