Sleep Apnea Treatment
It is well documented that people see their dentist more frequently than their medical doctor. As a way to help continue to give his patient’s the best health care possible, Dr. Stylos is trained to screen for oral as well as general signs and symptoms associated with sleep apnea. When appropriate he will advise you of any concerns and will work with your doctor or help with a referral. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, call us now at 978-256-6433 for evaluation.
Sleep apnea treatment has become more and more important as studies show how this particular sleeping disorder can affect a person’s overall health and well-being. Physicians are better trained to determine the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea to better diagnose and treat the issue. Several symptoms of sleep apnea may carry into other medical conditions, so it is important to know what is going on with your own body and help your physician determine the underlying problem.
Sleep apnea is often caused by an obstruction. This obstruction can be your throat muscles, your tongue, the alignment of your head and neck, or even your tonsils. When your airway is blocked during sleep, you will have difficulty breathing. Patients with sleep apnea will not get enough airflow into the lungs and it will cause a drop in oxygen levels. When this happens, your brain is told to wake up. With sleep apnea, this pattern can happen several hundred times each night, keeping the individual from getting a true, full night’s sleep. This, in turn, can affect a person’s nighttime and daytime lifestyle.
Some common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Gasping or shortness of breath during sleep (as noticed by a bed partner)
- Excessive snoring while sleeping (as noticed by a bed partner)
- Daytime sleepiness
- Inability to concentrate
- Deteriorating memory
- Dry throat upon waking up
- Headache in the early morning hours
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms consider going to your physician to get a proper diagnosis, usually through a sleep study. Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your physician will recommend several sleep apnea treatments. Most physicians recommend CPAP machines for this condition. CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, is a device that is worn by a patient while they sleep, providing positive air pressure to support breathing. Without using a sleep apnea treatment, patients are not addressing the problem.
An alternative treatment option includes the use of an oral appliance made through your dental office. Dr. Lou Stylos is a Chelmsford dentist that can fabricate oral appliances to help treat the symptoms of sleep apnea and excessive snoring for patients who struggle with this sleep disorder. Oral appliances are often preferred over the often-recommended CPAP machines, which are cumbersome and difficult to use for many. Compliance with oral appliances gives patients the ability to treat the issue and experience a healthier lifestyle and better quality of life.
Sleep Apnea Solutions
Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea
Oral appliance therapy uses custom-made plastic appliances that are worn while a patient sleeps. They fit over the patient’s teeth comfortably while realigning the jaw and holding down the tongue. This device is just as effective as a CPAP machine, for mild to moderate sleep apnea and often increases compliance due to ease of use.
If it is determined through a sleep study, either brought to our office by the patient through their physician or facilitated through our office and our medical partners, Dr. Stylos can make a customized oral appliance that can be an alternative to CPAP and make a dramatic improvement in patient quality of sleep, health, productivity and outlook on life!
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, and are you considering an alternative to a CPAP machine, contact Dr. Lou Stylos of Smiles By Stylos in Chelmsford, MA today to learn more about oral appliance therapy.
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