Sleep Apnea and Snoring:
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea
There are many ways to receive sleep apnea treatment in Medford. Some of the most common treatments for sleep apnea include:
Treatment for sleep apnea with a CPAP machine is one of the most common treatment methods for moderate-to-severe sleep apnea. It’s probably what most people picture when they think about treatment for sleep apnea, which can scare most people away from receiving treatment in the first place.
A CPAP machine uses a mask connected to a hose that pushes pressurized air into your airway. This prevents the airway from closing, which stops snoring and alleviates the symptoms of sleep apnea.
However, CPAP machines can be loud, expensive, uncomfortable, and difficult to travel with. Partners of CPAP machine users may also experience difficulty sleeping due to the machine. There are also many dangers associated with CPAP machines, including a recent large-scale recall.
The potential health risks involved with the CPAP recall include the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam, which is used to reduce sound and vibration in these affected devices, may break down and potentially enter the device’s air pathway, according to the FDA.
If this occurs, black debris from the foam or certain chemicals released into the device’s air pathway may be inhaled or swallowed by the person using the device. These issues can result in serious injury, which can be life-threatening, cause permanent impairment, and require medical intervention to prevent permanent damage.
CPAP Machines are uncomfortable
and can be dangerous
In some cases of mild sleep apnea, the symptoms of sleep apnea can be treated with some simple lifestyle changes. These include:
● Weight loss to decrease the fat around the neck
● Adjusting sleeping position to the side instead of the back
● Avoiding alcohol, especially before bed
● Avoiding certain medications that cause drowsiness
● Quit smoking
● Exercise to improve sleep quality
● Treat nasal congestion and allergies
● Using a dental appliance to move the jaw forward and open the airway
In severe cases, surgery can be used as a treatment option to remove obstructions that cause sleep apnea. Some examples of surgical treatments include:
● Surgery to remove the tonsils and/or adenoids
● Surgery that alters the structure of the mouth and nose
● Surgery that interacts & stimulates the nerve that goes to their tongue, producing a push-forward of the tongue. These surgeries, when successful, can actually get rid of the sleep apnea
Sleep Apnea Surgery
Treating the Cause of Sleep Apnea, Not Masking the Symptoms
One of the leading causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the narrowing and obstruction of the airway that makes it impossible to breathe normally during sleep. The Dental Sleep medicine approach works to enlarge your airway and is totally non-evasive, virtually pain-free approach that also doesn’t involve the use of a large, loud CPAP machine.
Correcting problems within the airway may also help to eliminate many health concerns while restoring you to a life full of energy, optimism, and joy. The Dental Sleep Medicine System, utilizing various comfortable invisible appliances that incorporate patented technology that can remodel and restore the human airway to a more normal state. Upon successful completion of treatment, patients often report no further need for other traditional ongoing nightly treatments.
An exceptional alternative to other treatment methods that treats sleep apnea at its source, rather than just the symptoms, Raio Dental offers the Vivos System. Find out now if you or your loved one is a good candidate for the Vivos System by contacting our office today.
Myofunctional Therapy for Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Myofunctional therapy are exercises that help correct swallowing and promote the proper relationship between muscles of the face, mouth, and throat. The act of swallowing is one function that depends on the body’s vital balance. To swallow properly, muscles and nerves in the tongue, cheeks, and throat must work together in harmony. When a person swallows normally, the tip of the tongue presses firmly against the roof of the mouth or hard palate, located slightly behind the front teeth. The tongue acts in concert with all the other muscles involved in swallowing. The hard palate, meanwhile, absorbs the force created by the tongue.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy is painless and the exercises are relatively simple. When certain muscles of the face are activated and functioning properly, other muscles will follow suit until proper coordination of the tongue and facial muscles are attained. For success in this therapy, consistent exercise every day is necessary until the patient has corrected their improper muscle pattern. It also takes commitment by the patient, family – and time. Treatment usually consists of a regular program of exercises over a 6 – 12 month period, although treatment length may vary.
Myofunctional Therapy strengthens the
mouth and throat muscles for
proper form and function
Treating the Root Cause of Sleep Apnea and Snoring in Medford New York
If you live in the Medford, NY area and are suffering from sleep apnea, we can help you. Our sleep apnea disorder doctor in Medford will help pinpoint the source of your obstruction and craft a custom, individualized treatment plan for your care.
Sleep apnea treatment does not have to involve the use of loud, uncomfortable CPAP machines. There is a better way to treat sleep apnea, and the experts at our clinic in Medford will help you every step of the way.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring FAQ
How does sleep apnea get worse?
● Sleep apnea gets worse the longer it goes untreated. As symptoms worsen, such as obesity and heart issues, the sleep apnea itself will worsen as well as part of a vicious cycle. This makes treatment imperative so that sleep apnea and its associated health risks do not worsen.
What is severe sleep apnea?
● Severe obstructive sleep apnea means that your AHI is greater than 30 (more than 30 episodes per hour). This means that your breathing stops and restarts again 30 or more times in an hour.
Does Sleep Apnea affect my heart?
● Yes. Sleep apnea increases the risk of heart failure by 140% and the risk of coronary heart disease by 30%.
Does Sleep Apnea make diabetes worse?
● Yes. Sleep apnea can make it more difficult to manage diabetes. This is due to the decreased amount of oxygen, and an increased amount of carbon dioxide, in the bloodstream, which can cause insulin resistance.
Does Sleep Apnea increase the potential of dementia?
● Yes. Sleep apnea causes a lack of oxygen during sleep, which can cause many health issues. They include an interference with memory formation, as well as blood pressure regulation and weight control.
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