To get properly diagnosed with OSA, you need to undergo a sleep study. This can be conducted in the home or at a sleep laboratory.
Snoring is a Serious Problem
Do you know that snoring causes disruptions in the normal sleep patterns, particularly the REM sleep? This means that, if you snore, you are never really getting adequate rest. Additionally, snoring can be a sign of OSA.
Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea can be treated in various ways. Treatment often depends on the diagnosis and the amount/level of upper airway narrowing.
Three common treatment methods for snoring and OSA include:
- CPAP machine (Continous Positive Airway Pressure)
- Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD)
- Tongue Retaining Devices (TRD)
The CPAP Machine
One treatment option is the CPAP device. Several patients respond very well with CPAP treatment, whereas other patients do not like the CPAP device because it makes them feel uncomfortable. It can also be inconvenient and cumbersome, especially when traveling.
The CPAP works by opening up the person’s airway using a small amount of positive pressure. A nasal mask is used while sleeping.
Oral Appliances to Treat OSA and Snoring
Other treatment options for OSA include the MAD device and the TRD device. MAD devices, also called oral appliances or dental sleep devices, are commonly used to treat snoring and OSA. The MAD device moves the lower jaw (mandible) forward in order to open the airway.
The TRD device works similarly to the MAD. The tongue is controlled by the TRD device in order to hold it in a forward position. The TRD does not use the lower jaw, but focuses solely on the tongue’s position.
Are You Ready for Sleep Apnea and Snoring Relief?
If you want to finally experience a restful night’s sleep without disruptions, Dr. Forester at Lifetime Smiles may choose to treat your sleep apnea with an oral appliance, which many patients prefer as an alternative to CPAP treatment.
How can an oral appliance help me?
Basically, certain oral appliances (such as a MAD device) are designed to open your airway while sleeping, which results in you getting a better night’s sleep (and in turn helps you to wake up feeling rested and revitalized).
If you’re struggling to sleep well, obstructive sleep apnea may be the reason. If you’re experiencing any symptoms related to sleep apnea, give Lifetime Smiles in Johns Creek a call today to schedule your sleep apnea appointment. We look forward to helping you snore less, sleep better, and become a happier, healthier version of yourself!