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Treatments For Sleep Apnea

Posted on 10/15/2023 by Andrew Admin
Patient of Bonnie & Simonewith a prescribed sleep apnea maskIf you think you might have obstructive sleep apnea, you should see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) for a thorough test and a correct diagnosis. We have experts that can help assess your issues to determine if you have sleep apnea.

How is Sleep Apnea Treated?

At your first appointment, the doctor will review your medical history and examine your head and neck for conditions that may contribute to sleep-related respiratory problems. Speaking with your bed companion or other household members about your resting and awakening habits may be necessary. Suppose the physician suspects you have a sleep disorder. In that case, they will refer you to a sleep clinic where a polysomnography test will monitor your nocturnal sleep patterns.

If your doctor tells you have mild sleep apnea, they may suggest you try non-medical ways to stop snoring. In light cases of snoring and sleep apnea, these lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or changing how you sleep, may help or even fix the problem. Also, new studies have shown that a mouth splint can be an effective first-line treatment if you have mild to moderate sleep apnea or can't use devices. The oral appliance is a plastic device put in the mouth at night to move the lower jaw and bring the tongue forward. This raises the soft palate and keeps the language from going back into the airway and making it hard to breathe.

Aside from this, surgery may be a good option for some people, but it's important to remember that no surgery works for everyone. Every person's nose and throat are different, so before surgery is considered, your OMS will take measurements of your airway at other places and look for any problems with how air moves from your nose to your lungs.

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