Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep disorder, and it occurs when your airway closes during sleep. There are many treatments available for OSA, but none are perfect.
Oral appliances like the mandibular advancement splint (MAS) have risen in popularity as an alternative to CPAP machines that deliver constant pressure through nasal tubes while you sleep.
Sleep apnea occurs when there is a cessation of breathing when asleep. The throat muscles relax, the airway becomes blocked (causing snoring), then partially or completely collapses during sleep, resulting in repeated pauses in breathing (apneas).
A person with moderate to severe sleep apnea may have up to 10-15 pauses per hour while asleep, called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). While OSA affects men more often than women, it can affect anyone at any age who has repeatedly stopped breathing while sleeping.
It Is a common condition and can cause serious health problems, including high blood pressure and heart failure. This sleep disorder has been linked to an increased risk for stroke, diabetes, depression, and even high blood pressure in pregnancy.
Sleep apnea symptoms include sleepiness, snoring (or a loud, deep snore), fatigue, headaches, and neck pain. You may also experience dry mouth and soreness from excessive snoring.
Treatment may also include:
Getting a sleep apnea dental appliance in Poway may be your best option to treat sleep apnea.
Continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP device uses a machine to pump air into the person’s lungs, keeping their airway open and preventing them from waking up.
CPAP is one of the most effective treatment methods for sleep apnea, and it can be used for both short-term and long-term treatment.
These devices you place in your mouth to help keep your airway open and prevent apnea. The most popular oral appliance is called a mandibular advancement device (MAD), worn at night before bedtime to apply pressure on the back of your jaw and keep it shut while you sleep.
A bilevel positive airway pressure device is a type of sleep apnea treatment that helps keep your airways open while you sleep. It delivers two levels of air pressure, one for when you breathe in and one for when you breathe out. This device is often used for people who have trouble using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device.
Adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) is a type of sleep apnea treatment that uses a machine to help regulate your breathing. The machine provides positive air pressure to your airway, which keeps it open and prevents snoring and apnea.
The dentist may opt for surgical treatment if these sleep apnea treatments fail. There are a variety of sleep apnea surgeries available, depending on the condition’s underlying cause.
If sleep apnea is due to an obstruction in the airway, such as enlarged tonsils or a deviated septum, surgery to remove the obstruction may be recommended.
Other types of sleep apnea surgery include tongue reduction surgery, which involves removing the excess tissue from the tongue, and upper airway stimulation, which involves implanting a device that stimulates the airway muscles.
While there are many potential complications of sleep apnea, some of the most common include:
Visit North County Dental Group for more information about sleep apnea and the treatment type.
Dr. Jackie Calcagno is our in-house pediatric dentist at North County Dental Group in Poway. She completed a residency in pediatric dentistry after graduating from dental school. Because of her experience and training, Dr. Jackie has a special touch with children, and understands how best to cater to their specific needs.