Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts throughout the night. It can be a serious condition, and treatment is highly recommended. Diagnosis will usually require a visit to a sleep disorder center. You may be monitored overnight to be evaluated. After you receive a diagnosis, a treatment can be discussed. Anne Chee, DDS can provide one treatment for patients with sleep apnea in Houston.

Symptoms of sleep apnea

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Episodes of breaks in breathing, which are witnessed by another person
  • Abrupt awakenings, accompanied by shortness of breath
  • Awaking with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Hypersomnia (excessive daytime sleepiness)
  • Attention problems
  • Irritability

Symptoms can vary among individuals because there are different types of sleep apnea.

Treatment

The most common and reliable method of treating sleep apnea is with the use of CPAP, continuous positive airway pressure. This is a machine that delivers air pressure through the airways during sleep. Though it is effective, it can be cumbersome. A simpler method of treating sleep apnea is by using oral appliances provided by your dentist.

Oral appliances meant to treat sleep apnea are usually designed to open the throat by bringing the jaw forward. These appliances are called mandibular repositioning dental appliances and can relieve snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea. They resemble mouth guards worn by athletes or those meant to treat bruxism and can be adjusted by your dentist at Anne Chee, DDS to provide maximum effectiveness. If you cannot have your jaw repositioned forward, tongue retaining appliances are another option for treating sleep apnea. Both types of appliances are easier to use than CPAP but are more effective at treating mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. Patients with more severe sleep apnea will require an alternative treatment. These oral devices for sleep apnea are not sold over-the-counter; they must be prescribed by a physician and fitted by a dentist, oral surgeon, or ENT who has sleep medicine experience. Your dentist at Anne Chee, DDS can help treat your sleep apnea in Houston.

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