If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you understand how it can rob you of your quality of life. OSA is a common condition that causes sufferers to stop breathing during sleep. This symptom happens periodically throughout the night for several seconds at a time. As a result, many sleep apnea patients snore, interrupt their partners and have poor sleeping patterns. Does this describe you? Call U Smile Family Dentistry today to discuss your case.
CPAP and orthotic devices are the most common ways to manage OSA. Your sleep specialist will determine the right treatment for you by considering your type of sleep apnea. The severity of the condition is also a factor.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP): A CPAP machine relies on air pressure to maintain open airways during slumber. If you have a severe case of OSA, your sleep specialist will likely prescribe CPAP treatment.
Custom-Fitted Orthotic Device: This type of dental appliance keeps the jaw forward. It also holds the soft tissues in place. An orthotic device in Mesa, AZ, is less cumbersome than treatment with CPAP. When appropriately worn overnight, these appliances can effectively treat mild to moderate cases.
Positive results are achieved with a CPAP machine. However, there are a few downsides to consider.
Many OSA patients find it hard to adjust to and fail to use it regularly. Also, the device is loud. This noise can be problematic for your partner or you if you deal with additional sleep issues. Keep in mind, others use it successfully every night and sleep comfortably as a result. But some patients do better with an orthotic device.
When all else fails, surgery may solve the problem. At U Smile Family Dentistry, we consider surgery as a last resort. If your condition is caused or exacerbated by smoking or obesity, Dr. Tia Khoshaba will strongly recommend lifestyle changes.
If sleep apnea is causing you trouble, please contact U Smile Family Dentistry to book a consultation. Dr. Tia Khoshaba serves patients in Mesa, AZ, and the surrounding areas.