If you, or someone close to you, has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you might have seen a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy machine. These machines include a mask that you must wear on your face, over your nose and mouth, while asleep.
A CPAP machine can be effective for some, but many people struggle to sleep with the noise and discomfort that comes with wearing a mask at night. Because of this, some patients will refuse to use their CPAP machine altogether.
The good news for people who suffer from sleep apnea is that we may be able to offer a better solution depending on the type and severity of symptoms.
Oral Airway Appliances
Our sleep apnea dentist in 21061 offers custom oral appliances to our patients. Depending on the cause of sleep apnea, it can provide effective airflow. This discrete solution can help open the airway without the bulkiness of a CPAP machine.
The oral appliances are similar to a retainer or mouth guard and many patients have reported loving how convenient they are. They rest more comfortably as it is silent and does not require electricity for operation.
For those suffering from sleep apnea we recommend making a few lifestyle changes. Many habits that could be making your sleep apnea worse are correctable:
- If you are overweight, you may want to talk to your doctor about a healthy eating and exercise plan.
- If you drink alcohol, consider cutting back or cutting it out altogether.
- If you smoke, consider cutting back or quitting; nicotine which is a stimulant, makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Smoking can worsen sleep apnea by causing swelling in the upper airway.
Surgery should be a last resort, but it can be beneficial for those who have severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). During surgery you may have the tonsils, adenoids, or even the uvula removed to allow for better airflow.
If you, or someone you love, is suffering from sleep apnea symptoms, or thinks they might have sleep apnea, please contact our sleep apnea clinic in Glen Burnie, MD today to schedule a consultation.