Sleep Apnea Treatment
Finding the right sleep apnea treatment requires a close analysis of your symptoms, lifestyle, and other factors.
Dr. Max Teja can determine the best way to help you achieve restful sleep if you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
Visit our San Angelo, TX, office to learn if you can treat your sleep apnea with a dental appliance instead of a CPAP machine.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
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 upper airway becomes too narrow during sleep, restricting the flow of oxygen. Dr. Teja can often treat obstructive sleep apnea with a custom oral appliance that keeps the upper airway open during sleep.
Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea (CSA) is less common but much more serious. The condition occurs when your brain stops regulating breathing during sleep. Central sleep apnea requires a specialist's care, and Dr. Teja can provide you with a referral.
Complex Sleep Apnea
Also known as mixed sleep apnea, complex sleep apnea is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea. People with complex sleep apnea do not respond to treatments for obstructive sleep apnea alone. Dr. Teja can work with your other doctors to find a solution.
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Many people are not aware that dentists can help with sleep apnea. For those suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea, an oral appliance may be all that you need to open up the airways and achieve a restful night of sleep.
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Common Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Those who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea may present a number of different signs, including:
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Excessive snoring
- Waking up and gasping for air
- Headaches after waking up
- Dry mouth after waking up
- Difficulty focusing
It's possible that you may not notice the signs of sleep apnea yourself, but your bed partner or housemates might. Take them seriously if they express concern over these OSA symptoms.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
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 obstructive sleep apnea sufferers, including those with severe obstructive sleep apnea.
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 non-invasive options are unable to 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.
See How Obstructive Sleep Apnea Affects Your Breathing
Diagnosis and Treatment
To determine which approach is best for your case, Dr. Teja must gather information about your health history, sleep patterns, and more.
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.
It Can Improve Emotional and Physical Symptoms
Oral Appliances versus CPAP
Although continuous positive airway pressure devices are effective, many people 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.
- CPAP involves tubes and other equipment that can become tangled or knocked around in the night.
- It is far easier to travel with an oral appliance.
The DNA Appliance
At our San Angelo, TX, practice, we offer the DNA Appliance® (Daytime Nighttime Appliance) by Vivos. It is a non-surgical sleep apnea option that encourages the airway to open up by developing the upper jaw to its full genetic potential.
When worn, the DNA appliance expands the width of your bite and shifts the jaw forward to reduce or completely alleviate airway obstruction.
Lifestyle Changes Can Also Minimize Your Symptoms
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 obstructive sleep apnea.
Lay on Your Side
At San Angelo Smiles, we recommend sleeping on your side instead of on your back. This can prevent the muscles in your throat from blocking oxygen flow in the night.
A Holistic Approach TO TREATING SLEEP APNEA IN SAN ANGELO, TX
Dr. Max Teja wants you to know that while sleep apnea may not seem like a big concern, it can be detrimental to your overall health. His treatments are designed to not only cut down on symptoms such as snoring and daytime fatigue, but also prevent you from placing harmful strain on your respiratory and circulatory systems.
If you're curious about oral appliances and how they can improve your sleep and well-being, fill out our contact form or call our San Angelo, TX, office:
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Why Choose San Angelo Smiles?
San Angelo Smiles is proud to provide free consultations to patients. During your sleep apnea consultation, your dental professional can check for signs of sleep apnea and recommend a treatment plan incorporating an oral appliance or a combination of continuous positive airway pressure and an oral appliance.
Dr. Teja has over 40 years of experience in the field of dentistry. He can provide his patients with solutions for OSA as well as all kinds of dental concerns, all under one roof. Even if he can't treat your sleep apnea, Dr. Teja can refer you to a qualified specialist.