Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea: A Life Threatening Condition

Obstructive sleep apnea is a life threatening condition that affects around 22 million Americans. Sleep apnea is the termination of breathing while sleeping. Sufferers can experience many episodes while sleeping, with each one lasting around 10 seconds and occurring many times per hour. The discontinuous supply of oxygen to the body can cause numerous health problems.

Health risks associated with sleep apnea includes:
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Depression
  • Loss of short term memory
  • Weight gain
  • Gastric reflux
  • Anxiety
  • Impotence

Untreated apneic patients are at greater health risks. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), snorers are involved in thrice as many motor vehicle accidents as non-snorers. In fact, studies have shown that snorers have slower reaction times than a legally intoxicated person. Studies have also proven that untreated sleep apnea can cause a six-fold increase in heart attacks and strokes.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

There are several symptoms of sleep apnea that may get undiagnosed. These symptoms could also manifest themselves in a unique combination. Possible symptoms include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Tiredness
  • Morning Headaches
  • Weight gain / Inability to lose weight
  • Memory and concentration difficulties
  • Temperamental behavior
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Choking/gasping sensation that wakes you up
  • Intellectual deterioration
  • Heavy snoring
  • Poor job performance or difficulties in school
Oral Appliance Therapy

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has defined parameters for oral appliance therapy as:

"Oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, or who do not respond to, are not appropriate candidates for, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP. Until there is higher quality evidence to suggest efficacy, CPAP is indicated whenever possible for patients with severe OSA before considering oral appliances."

The oral appliances are preferred as a more convenient option than CPAP therapy. Common mandibular advancement devices are:

  • SomnoMed MAS
  • Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP)

The oral appliances reposition the lower jaw and tongue to help keep the airway open. These oral appliances have several advantages over CPAP therapy. They are custom-fitted, FDA approved devices, and minimize the effects of sleep apnea by preventing airway obstruction and allowing the patient to breathe easily and continuously.

Home Sleep Study Test Instructions

If you have any symptoms of sleep apnea, contact Fabey Dental Studio for a full consultation and/or oral appliance therapy. If you are experiencing difficulty adjusting to your CPAP, get a custom-fitted oral appliance today!

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