There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive and central. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is the less commonly occurring form and results when the brain does not signal the muscles to breath. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea and results from a blockage in the air passageway. When you have obstructive sleep apnea, your throat can collapse or narrow causing breathing to stop for 10 seconds or longer hundreds of times during one night’s sleep. Sleep apnea dentist, Loyd Dowd offers sleep apnea treatment in Longview, TX.
Sleep apnea patients generally seek treatment due to their snoring, fitful sleep, and daytime drowsiness. Many become aware of the sleep apnea condition through their spouses, who notice that they stop breathing and gasp for air during the night. It is important to note that while snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, all patients who snore do not have sleep apnea.
SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT
Sleep apnea can be diagnosed by your sleep apnea dentist with a general series of evaluations, surveys, and medical history evaluation. The condition should be confirmed with participation in a sleep study or clinic.
Treatments by our sleep apnea dentist can range from simple changes in behavior to dental appliances that can help open the throat to prevent blockage.
- Weight loss
- Smoking cessation
- Change in sleep positions
- Avoiding alcohol and sedatives
If these behavioral changes fail to ameliorate your symptoms, dental devices are available that can change the position of the jaw. A continuous, positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine can also be utilized to keep the airway open during sleep. The CPAP uses a sleep mask, that when worn over the nose and throat, delivers a steady stream of air to your throat. The CPAP is an effective treatment for sleep apnea, however, in some cases, surgery may be a necessity.