Sleep apnea is a condition that disrupts a person’s breathing during sleep, caused by a blockage of the airway. Symptoms include loud snoring, intermittent breathing, and excessive sleepiness during the day. In extreme cases, it can lead to high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and other health problems. To manage sleep apnea, there is a range of options available. Lifestyle changes, such as reducing alcohol intake and sleeping on one’s side, or using a CPAP machine or Oral Appliance Therapy, are all viable treatment methods. Surgery, weight loss, and adjustable pressure devices that deliver air through the nose can also be used. Lastly, certain medications can be prescribed to help reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea. It is important to consult a doctor to find the best treatment plan for each individual. With the right treatment, sleep apnea can be controlled and quality of life can be improved.
Types of Sleep Apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea/ Central Sleep Apnea, Mixed
Sleep Apnea can take three forms: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), characterized by pauses in breathing due to an obstruction of the upper airway that can reduce oxygen intake and lead to fatigue and sleepiness during the day; Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), caused by the central nervous system not signaling the muscles that control breathing; and mixed Sleep Apnea, a combination of OSA and CSA.
The person suffering from sleep apnea is rarely aware of this occurrence and believes that they are sleeping soundly. Sleep apnea can prevent one from getting the deep sleep that is needed to feel well rested. Sleep apnea can cause severe health conditions as well.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. Common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, and morning headaches. Other symptoms include waking up frequently to urinate, insomnia, and dry mouth. Obstructive sleep apnea can have serious health consequences if left untreated, including high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack.
Symptoms of Central Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Central sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing stops and starts during sleep. It is characterized by periods of shallow or paused breathing, which can last from a few seconds to minutes. Common symptoms of central sleep apnea include excessive daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, and pauses in breathing during sleep. Other symptoms may include insomnia, morning headaches, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.
The Effect of Sleep Apnea on the Body
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can have a significant impact on the body. It is caused by an interruption of normal breathing during sleep, resulting in low oxygen levels in the blood. As a result, people suffering from sleep apnea can experience fatigue, headaches, mood swings, and difficulty concentrating. Over time, it can also increase the risk of serious health complications such as heart disease, stroke, and obesity. In addition, sleep apnea can lead to a decrease in quality of life, as it can make it difficult to sleep or stay asleep. It is important to note that sleep apnea should be diagnosed and treated in order to avoid further health complications.
Oral Appliance Therapy in San Antonio, Pleasanton, and New Braunfels: an easy and comfortable alternative for Sleep Apnea sufferers
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is quickly becoming a favored way to treat sleep apnea and is a non-invasive course of action. Conveniently enough, it is available in San Antonio, Pleasanton, as well as New Braunfels. OAT is a favorite among sleep apnea sufferers due to its comfort and ease of use compared to CPAP machines.
Our oral appliances, also known as Mandibular Advancing Devices (MAD), are an effective treatment for both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. The device works by slightly moving the lower jaw forward, thus widening the airway during sleep and keeping the soft tissues of the throat tight. This process allows for an open airway, improving breathing and restful sleep.
Dr. Mohan and Dr. Veena specialize in treating Sleep Apnea with oral appliances, providing customized solutions that maximize airflow during sleep, allowing you to get the rest you need. Thanks to their efficacy, oral appliances have been endorsed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as the preferred option for those with mild to severe sleep apnea.
At Elite Dental, Dr. Mohan and Dr. Veena are dedicated to providing comfortable oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea. By keeping your airway open at night and reducing the vibrations caused by snoring, this therapy can help to lower the risks of health issues related to untreated sleep apnea. Using Eccovision, a rheometer, and a pharyngometer, the team precisely determines the size needed for the custom oral appliance and ensures maximum airflow with minimal jaw opening or repositioning. With their expertise and advanced equipment, patients can expect the best possible outcome.
Advantages of Oral Appliances:
Effective for most people diagnosed with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea
Preferred method over other types of Sleep Apnea treatments
Comfortable fit and easily adjustable
Substantial research that supports its effectiveness
Can be fabricated quickly for the patient
Easier to use than the CPAP
No surgery required
Can be adjusted as your condition improves
Dr. Mohan or Dr. Veena will give you their opinion based on many years of experience and advanced education. Elite Dental is also one of the few dentists in the area that does oral appliance therapy besides an ENT specialist. We welcome patients interested in a second opinion.
A comfortable, effective alternative to CPAP
A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is the most effective treatment for severe obstructive Sleep Apnea; however, CPAP machines are considered by patients to be intrusive, uncomfortable, and often a hassle to use. Up to 60% of CPAP users are unable to use the device on a regular basis. This results in being sleepy throughout the day. In fact, 30% of car accidents are caused by people with Sleep Apnea. There are other health factors related to Sleep Apnea, such as rapid weight gain.
Dr. Mohan and Dr. Veena can fabricate an oral appliance as an alternative to using a CPAP machine, which instead of forcing air through a tube into the patient’s mouth and nose, gently extends the lower jaw and opens the airway. The oral appliance is a much more comfortable, and much less complicated way for the patient to sleep soundly at night. Oral appliances are considered a better approach to treating mild to moderate Sleep Apnea than the CPAP machine as they are easier to use on a regular basis.
At Dr. Veena and Dr. Mohan's three locations in San Antonio, Pleasanton, and New Braunfels, TX, patients can now receive treatment for their sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy. Our experienced dentists are dedicated to providing a comfortable, comprehensive experience to help you get the quality sleep you need and deserve.
What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?
1. Loud snoring
2. Gasping or choking during sleep
3. Waking up frequently with shortness of breath
4. Unrefreshing sleep
5. Excessive daytime sleepiness
6. Morning headaches
7. Concentration and memory difficulties
8. Irritability and mood changes
9. High blood pressure
10. Nocturia (frequent nighttime urination)
What are the dangers of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that can lead to many dangerous consequences if left untreated. Uncontrolled sleep apnea can cause numerous health issues, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It can also lead to fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. In addition, it can cause cognitive impairment, increased risk of car accidents, and difficulty controlling your emotions. It is important to seek treatment for sleep apnea to prevent these negative effects.