If you suspect you’re suffering from sleep apnea, your first step is to speak with a specialist. Harbor East Dental Care is a dental healthcare provider with extensive experience in treating sleep apnea. Once diagnosed, our practice in Baltimore, MD will walk you through the variety of treatments, from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), to surgery to oral appliances. Until your next appointment, however, take some time to learn more about the common sleep apnea treatments developed to help fight sleeplessness.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy
CPAPs are a common solution given to apnea patients. These are often face masks worn at night that apply air pressure to your nasal passages, preventing them from closing. These devices are effective and have relatively few side effects. However, some patients complain that these devices are cumbersome during sleep and uncomfortable. As a result, even compliant patients often neglect using the device nearly half the time.
Sleep Apnea Surgery
Some patients suffering from long-term sleeplessness and severe apnea may opt for surgery, which aims to permanently correct airflow through the nasal passages. Typically, surgeons will remove excess tissue that obstructs airflow, allowing the nasal cavities to open. This allows air to flow freely, reducing snoring and breathing issues. While surgery has been known to be successful, it often takes multiple procedures to take effect and requires a significant amount of testing from experienced specialists.
For more mild cases of sleep apnea, our doctors often prescribe oral appliances to assist with nighttime breathing. The devices are worn like a mouth guard and are much less obtrusive than CPAPs. The mouthpiece adjusts the position of your jaw, bringing it forward, helping to keep your upper airway clear. Oral appliances are most often given to patients suffering from mild to moderate sleeplessness due to apnea, being both effective, safe and minimally intrusive.
If you need help treating your sleep apnea, please get in touch with our office in Baltimore, MD today to schedule an appointment.
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