Sleep Apnea Disorder

Sleep Apnea Disorder

Sleep apnea is occurs at sleep time which can be a serious health disorder problem. If you are concern of having symptoms of sleep apnea after a full night's sleep being fatigued and sleepy and your partner notices snoring and times of intermittent breading, we advise you to see your doctor. Their are several medical types of this disorder. A brief Descriptive:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea : The most common happens when throat muscles relax.
  • Central sleep apnea : The improper brain signals to muscles that control breathing.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome : Both types above occurs.

Your visit to the dentist for dental care may alert us to detecting your risk base on your clinical oral examination, medical, dental and social history, but not a medical diagnosis. We as dentist will refer you to your primary care physician or help you find one. They make an evaluation based on your signs and symptoms. on your need for further evaluation, the doctor may refer yo to a sleep specialist at a sleep center. Home sleep testing may be an option to a sleep center. What's best for proper diagnosis decides the evaluation which involves your overnight monitoring of breathing and other body functions while at sleep.

For a definitive diagnosis and treatment, it may involve associated medical problems such as the heart and neuromuscular disorders. Having Obstructive Sleep Apnea, your doctor may refer you to an ENT (ear nose and throat) specialist to rule out whether tissue blockage is the cause in your nose or throat. A specialist heart evaluation is done by a Cardiologist. And for Central Sleep Apnea, it may be necessary for a Neurologist who specializes in the nervous system to look for causes. Yet, until such advise is acted upon, be proactive in certain self care that may be appropriate:

  • Sleep on your side or abdomen rather than your back
  • Keep your nasal passage open for sleep at night
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages
  • Avoid certain medications such as sleeping pills and tranquilizers
  • Stop smoking if you are a smoker
  • Lose excess weight to not regain
  • Have a regular moderate exercising activity

Devices and Appliances Used in Treatment

  • CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) : a machine that delivers air pressure through a placed maskover the nose while one sleep's.
  •  Auto-CPAP ( continuous positive airway pressure) a device that automatically adjust the pressure while sleeping.
  • BiPAP (  bi-level positive air pressure) a device unit that provides more pressure when inhale and less when you exhale.
  •  EPAP ( expiratory positive air pressure)  the device is valve that allows air to flow freely in, but when you exhale, air must go through small holes in the valve. This airway pressure increase is allowed keep open.
  • ASV (adaptive servo-ventilation) this airflow device learns your normal breathing pattern and stores the  information in built-in computer. the machine uses pressure to normalize your breathing pattern and prevent intermittent pauses in your breathing.

Oral Apnea Appliances, We do Make

Your diagnosis, the treatment and final appliance delivery has a protocol which may involve your primary care doctor or a  medical physician. We collaborate to ensure proper patient care, this approach looks at a broad picture to whole body health and well being. Proceeding with treatment may help your symptoms, but my not solve related underlining complications or health problems. Your oral appliance may be easier to wear by design to bring your jaw forward which may relieve at times snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea. The CPAP is a more reliable and effective option than the oral wearing appliance. But, it may be the option for someone who can't tolerate the CPAP. Several appliance designs are available from the dentist which is more costumed by a dental laboratory technician. Once fitted in finding the right device that is comfortable. It should work in helping to reduce mild  CPAP, snoring, and daytime sleepiness. You Follow up with repeated recare the first year. Then, make regular visits to assure that the appliance is still a functioning fit and to reassess your apnea signs and symptoms.

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