Obstructive sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea that occurs when soft tissues in the mouth relax and collapse towards the back of the throat. The airway becomes momentarily blocked, cutting the flow of oxygen off to vital organs. The Tyma Trachtenberg Center for Contemporary Dental Health treats mild and moderate cases of sleep apnea in Doylestown, PA.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea
There are several signs of sleep apnea to be aware of because if left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to oral and physical health problems. Symptoms of sleep apnea can affect your concentration, mood, and health.
- Consistent, loud snoring
- Waking up to breathe
- Headaches that arise in the morning
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth
- Feeling excessively tired during the day
- Sleeping with an open mouth
Treatment of sleep apnea
Tyma Trachtenberg Dental treats mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea with an oral appliance. Custom oral appliances are tailored to fit your exact measurements using the dental impression of your teeth to ensure that your oral appliance fits comfortably and accurately.
The oral appliance opens up the airways and prevents the soft tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing. Oral appliance therapy stops snoring and treats sleep apnea, relieving morning headaches and chronic fatigue. Oral appliance therapy is often more a comfortable alternative to bulky CPAP machines. They also offer higher compliance rates because they are easy to wear and fit easily in a case for easy carry-on travel.
A CPAP machine sends a steady flow of oxygen into your nose and mouth as you sleep. This keeps your airways open and helps you breathe normally. Oral appliance therapy can be used with the CPAP machines because sometimes just the oral appliance isn’t enough. Oral appliance therapy is typically the preferred method of treatment.
Are there different types of CPAP machines?
There are three types of CPAP machines:
- CPAP: This device is programmed to produce pressurized air at one steady air pressure level. To change the air pressure, you have to reset the device’s settings.
- APAP (automatic positive airflow pressure) machine. This kind checks your breathing throughout the night. It automatically adjusts the air pressure to compensate for changes in your sleep position or medications that may have changed your breathing.
- BiPAP (Bi-level positive airflow pressure). This device has two pressure settings, one pressure for inhaling and a lower pressure for exhaling. It’s used for individuals who can’t tolerate CPAP machines or have elevated carbon dioxide levels in their blood. BiPAP devices can also come with a backup respiratory rate for patients who have central sleep apnea. The backup respiratory rate ensures the person breathes, as the main problem with central sleep apnea is initiating breath.
Call or go online to schedule an appointment with Tyma Trachtenberg Dental for a comprehensive consultation to help stop sleep apnea and improve your sleepless nights and general health.