Sleep apnea can cause a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life. Many times, patients are completely unaware that they even have sleep apnea––the only sign of the condition they experience is a persistent feeling of exhaustion throughout the day, even after a full night of sleep.
When a patient has sleep apnea, breathing stops or becomes shallow; this jolts the body out of deep sleep. Patients usually don’t recall these episodes, even if there are hundreds of them over the course of a night. The result is that they never feel well-rested and lack the energy to live their lives to the fullest.
DeNike Dental uses cone beam scanner technology to assist us in diagnosing sleep apnea. Using this device, we can generate a 3D model of your airway to diagnose the severity of your sleep apnea and determine the type of treatment that is needed. Potential treatments include:
- Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), a removable appliance that adjusts the position of the lower jaw and tongue to minimize airway obstruction and stop snoring. Because it is a non-invasive and affordable solution, this is usually our first line of treatment.
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, which blows air into your throat through a mask to keep your airway open and unobstructed while you sleep. These machines are used for moderate to severe sleep apnea.
- Surgical Treatment is used when other options have failed. This may involve shrinking, stiffening, or removing excess tissue in order to widen the breathing passages.
Sleep apnea and snoring are closely related, as snoring is also caused by a narrowing or blocked airway, which vibrates the soft palate and throat tissue. Causes of snoring include:
- Inflammation of the tonsils or other tissues in the mouth, nose, or throat
- Colds and allergies, which cause blocked nasal passages
- Lack of muscle tone
- Certain medications
Oral Appliance Therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring no matter what the cause.
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