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Non-Invasive Treatments for Sleep Apnea

sleep apnea Cypress TXSleep apnea is a serious health condition that can present a number of harmful effects on a person’s health and wellbeing when left undiagnosed and untreated. When it comes to treating sleep apnea, there are non-invasive and surgical treatment options. For those who prefer a non-surgical approach to treatment, our dentist offers oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea.

Simply put, sleep apnea is a condition where a person stops breathing because the airway is obstructed by oral tissue during sleep. Oral appliance therapy involves wearing custom mouthguard-like appliances to widen the airway so that breathing is not affected by airway obstruction during sleep.

This type of treatment is comfortable and portable – so that a person can travel without bulky machinery and sleep without loud or uncomfortable respiratory appliances. Oral appliance therapy works by slightly positioning the lower mandible (jaw) forward so that the diameter of the airway is wider.

The Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea causes sleep deprivation by preventing a person from progressing naturally through the stages of sleep and REM. Since a patient is trapped in a cycle of breathing cessation followed by slight wakefulness, he or she may not enter deep sleep or REM long enough.

Sleep deprivation is dangerous to one’s mental and physical wellbeing. Moreover, Interrupted sleep means that the body’s organs and tissues do not regenerate properly. This can cause impaired immunity and persistent lethargy. Since the air exchange is affected, oxygen saturation in the blood is diminished. This can lead to conditions like hypoxemia. Research also suggests that erratic breathing patterns caused by apnea can weaken the cardiovascular system.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing sleep apnea begins with a sleep study. A professional sleep study will determine if apnea is present and how often it occurs throughout a person’s sleep cycle. Once a sleep study confirms apnea, patients can seek out treatment. Some patients might require surgery but many are candidates for oral appliance therapy.

For more information about treating sleep apnea, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan to schedule a consultation.

Sleep Apnea: Looking for a CPAP alternative?

sleep apnea Cypress TXHave you been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Are you wondering what your treatment options are? Some patients with sleep apnea are hesitant to seek treatment because they do not want to use bulky or loud machinery like CPAP devices. While CPAP is sometimes an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it is not always ideal. Fortunately, there are alternatives to CPAP. One method that our dentist prescribes for OSA treatment is oral appliance therapy.

What is oral appliance therapy?

Oral appliance therapy is a treatment option for sleep apnea that does not involve the use of medical-grade machinery. Instead, patients wear a custom-made appliance that fits inside the mouth like a mouthguard. The way an oral appliance works is by positioning the lower jaw forward. By positioning the jaw forward, the diameter of the airway is widened. This can help prevent tissues from blocking the airway while a patient with apnea is sleeping.

What is CPAP, exactly?

CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure”. What this means is that a device streams air into the oral cavity through a small face mask to keep the airway open. CPAP has been used to treat sleep apnea for quite some time and for many people, it can be effective at improving one’s breathing during sleep.

Which treatment is better for sleep apnea?

CPAP and oral appliance therapy present different benefits. Moreover, not all treatment protocols work the same for all people. Regarding oral appliance therapy, however, patients enjoy this treatment option because they do not have to worry about the noise emitted by machinery or its portability when they are not at home. CPAP machines and their pieces require more intensive cleaning that an oral appliance as well.

If you are trying to determine the right treatment for sleep apnea, we recommend consulting with our dentist. Our team can help you decide if oral appliance therapy meets your needs.

Call us today to reserve a sleep apnea consultation.

Will sleep apnea go away with time?

sleep apnea CypressSleep apnea is a condition where a sleeping individual literally stops breathing for several seconds or longer. This can occur repeatedly throughout the night, and results in more than a restless period of sleep. Unfortunately, sleep apnea won’t just go away without corrections like surgery. The good news is that there are options available that will help bring relief.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common condition that affects patients. Soft tissues in the mouth and/or throat relax during sleep and cause the breathing airway to be blocked. Some of the actions to be taken to reduce its impact include losing weight, limiting alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, and while it seems contrary do not take a sedative to try to get better rest. Sedatives and alcohol simply cause those muscles in the tongue and throat to relax even more making the problem worse.

A visit to our dentist is a great place to start to seek a solution. While a definitive diagnosis requires a sleep study, if you are dealing with the symptoms of sleep apnea, a specially fabricated mouth guard might be the answer.

The oral appliance our dentist can make for you will place your jaw forward helping to prevent airway blockage. There is also a splint available that restrains the tongue from blocking the airway.

Both of these solutions require a professionally made device. Attempts to modify a generic mouth guard may do more harm than good. Your dentist is uniquely qualified to help treat sleep apnea by fitting you with the mouth guard that will be as comfortable as possible.

Patients who leave their disrupted sleep patterns untreated risk more than just daytime sleepiness. Over time sleep apnea can contribute to conditions like hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even death. Anyone who must be alert to perform their job (truck driver, airline pilot, or surgeon to name a few) puts themselves and those who rely on them at risk if they are deprived of sleep that allows them to function normally.

Symptoms might be hard to define. Excessive snoring and daily fatigue are two, but many patients are not aware they are dealing with this condition … nighttime restlessness is often attributed to daytime stressors.

If you feel you might suffer from sleep apnea, contact our office to see how we can help return you to restful sleep.

Oral Appliance Therapy to Treat Sleep Apnea

sleep apnea Cypress TXSleep apnea has been linked with a number of serious health conditions, including obesity, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. Fortunately, effective therapies are available to treat this issue. And they don’t necessarily mean that the patient has to wear a burdensome mask that forces air into the airway in order to keep it open during sleep. Oral appliance therapy can eliminate or significantly reduce the frequency of apneic episodes (when the patient briefly stops breathing), along with the symptoms associated with sleep apnea, like loud snoring, daytime drowsiness and morning headaches or sore throats.

Your dentist actually can treat you for sleep apnea. This makes sense because the shape and orientation of your jaw can contribute to sleep apnea, so these factors may influence the treatment as well.

Some oral appliances affect the positioning of the jaw during sleep, while others focus more on the tongue. Ultimately, the goal of the oral appliance is to eliminate the airway obstruction, and your dentist will determine which approach is likely to be more beneficial in your case.

Unlike the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask, which is highly effective but also highly cumbersome, oral appliance therapy is not intrusive. In fact, you’ll barely even realize the appliance is in place. If you have any experience with wearing a mouthguard at night for teeth grinding, the feeling is similar with an oral appliance designed to treat sleep apnea.

It’s important to note that oral appliances are only useful for treating obstructive sleep apnea. Because there is more than one type of sleep apnea, you should undergo a sleep study before exploring oral appliance therapy.

Addressing your sleep apnea will give you a host of health benefits and improve your quality of life, so don’t suffer from this condition any longer. After you have a confirmed diagnosis of sleep apnea, schedule an appointment at our office to learn more about your treatment options.

I think I may have sleep apnea: What steps should I take?

sleep apnea CypressAre you concerned about symptoms like loud snoring, daytime drowsiness, frequent headaches or sore throats upon wakening? You may have sleep apnea. It’s important to know how to proceed in order to get effective treatment.

Before a dentist can recommend a specific intervention, the patient must first complete a sleep study to confirm the sleep apnea diagnosis. There are different types of sleep apnea – obstructive, central and mixed – and different treatment approaches are needed to address the specific problem.

When you have a specific diagnosis, you can then move forward with getting treatment for your sleep apnea. A dentist can be helpful in treating this condition.

In cases of obstructive sleep apnea, in which the soft tissues repeatedly collapse during sleep to block the airway opening, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks are highly effective. Unfortunately, though, they’re also highly uncomfortable and many patients ultimately give up on them.

There are alternatives! For example, some patients respond well to an oral appliance that is designed to reposition either the tongue or the jaw during sleep. The appliance can hold the tongue or jaw in a forward position to reduce the likelihood that the soft tissues at the back of the throat will cover up the airway opening. Patients tend to find that such an appliance is much less intrusive on their sleep than a CPAP mask.  

Sleep apnea is not a condition that patients can ignore as a minor quality of life concern. It actually has been linked to serious health problems like obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. It may even increase a patient’s risk of sudden death. Therefore, if you suspect you may have sleep apnea, you should undergo a sleep study so that you can get effective treatment.

To learn more about the sleep apnea treatments that we offer, call our office to schedule an evaluation of your case. If you need to pursue a sleep study first, we can also refer you to appropriate resources for that task.

Do I Have Sleep Apnea if I Snore?

sleep apnea CypressSleep apnea is a serious condition that disturbs an individual during sleep, causing loud snoring, lapses in breathing, and snorting or choking during the sleeping process. Partners are often the first to notice these symptoms in their mate, as this disorder is often obtrusive to both individuals sharing the same bed, room, or home.

Although snoring is definitely a symptom of the disorder, common snoring does not necessarily mean that there is a significant problem. Often, if persistent and loud snoring occurs during sleep, along with choking or gasping for air, it is always wise to consult a physician for advice on methods, tools, and/or devices that may aid in preventing a problem before it starts.

If sleep apnea is a problem, here are just a few ways an individual can decrease symptoms:

  • Weight Loss. An increased body mass is often associated with sleep apnea. If overweight, it is always wise to seek a healthy eating approach to bring weight into a healthy, natural state.
  • Smoking Cessation. Smoking can interfere with proper oxygen transport and can also damage the lungs. Quitting smoking and avoiding sleeping in areas that contain second-hand smoke is highly recommended.
  • Avoid Awkward Sleeping Positions. Always sleep on the side of the body, as sleeping on one’s back can greatly increase apnea symptoms. Breathing can become obstructed while sleeping on the back, and choking and gasping can also increase while sleeping in this position.

If suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea, it is always advisable to immediately seek professional help. Sleep apnea, if left untreated or managed inappropriately, can worsen over time, leading to the likelihood of developing life-threatening diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.

Seek a medical professional (such as a sleep apnea and dentist specialist) well-versed in oral appliance therapies and tools. These therapies and tools provided by your dentist may play a large role in decreasing sleep apnea symptoms and associated health risks.

If seeking relief from sleep apnea symptoms, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866 to schedule your informative consultation today.

Sleep Apnea: What are the symptoms?

Many people struggle to get a restful night’s sleep. Daily stresses and the inability to calm the brain down at night can result in daily fatigue for many. However, there is a condition called sleep apnea that can interrupt a night’s sleep hundreds of times each night.

Patients suffering from sleep apnea may experience interruptions throughout the night from shallow breathing to actual pauses where breathing stops. The patient might not have any idea this is occurring; however, a partner may hear symptoms such as excessive snoring or periods of coughing or snorting during sleep.

The individual with this condition may experience fatigue, but since they are unaware of the breathing disorder, may attribute their tiredness to other issues. [pullquote]Patients suffering from sleep apnea may experience interruptions throughout the night from shallow breathing to actual pauses where breathing stops.[/pullquote]

There are different kinds of sleep apnea, but many patients deal with tissue in the throat that relaxes during sleep resulting in an obstruction in the airway. These patients may benefit from a visit with their dentist to discuss options to bring relief.

There are oral appliances that will keep the mouth and tongue positioned to prevent the tissues from collapsing and blocking the airway. Placement of the jaw can have a major impact on this condition, and your dentist can fit you with a custom appliance to provide a solution.

Advanced age, tobacco use, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption … these are all possible contributors to sleep apnea; however, these conditions being present do not necessarily mean the patient will suffer from sleep apnea. And although snoring is one indicator of sleep apnea, it is not a determining factor on its own.

Daily fatigue, headaches, inability to concentrate, irritability, and depression are normal residual feelings for people suffering from this sleep disorder. Individuals that must rely on alertness on the job are putting themselves and co-workers at risk if symptoms continue but remain untreated.

In addition to a visit with the dentist to discuss options for treatment, patients may also get relief by: sleeping on their side; losing weight; discontinuing tobacco use; avoiding excessive caffeine particularly in late afternoon or early evening; limiting alcohol consumption. Quite often the things we think will promote restful sleep (alcohol, sedatives, sleep aids) may actually have the opposite effect.

A sleep study will provide a definitive diagnosis if there are concerns about sleep apnea, but a visit with our dental team may provide relief through oral appliance therapy.