How does sleep apnea treatment work?
In your initial visit, your sleep apnea dentist will likely conduct a series of tests designed to diagnose your specific sleep disorder and the best means of treating it. The dentist may offer a variety of treatment options, which may include lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, breathing devices, and surgery.
With regard to lifestyle changes, you may be advised by your dentist to avoid or reduce your use of alcohol, cigarettes or tranquilizers. For overweight patients, the dentist may advise a weight-loss program that will reduce snoring and the possibility of interrupted breathing.
Sleeping masks and dental devices are also viable options for CSA patients. Masks can keep a patient’s airways open while he or she sleeps, while dental devices gently tease the lower jaw forward in order to prevent airway blockage.
Finally, surgery can prove a permanent solution for a small number of patients. An oral and maxillofacial surgery is performed to section the lower jaw and help pull the bone holding the tongue forward slightly. This surgery has an impressive success rate, which should reduce the anxiety of the patient who may need it.
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