Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a health concern that affects a person's breathing while they sleep. The restricted airflow causes frequent pausing in breathing. At Silicon Dental, the dentists help the patients detect, diagnose, and treat the disease.

Sign that you may have Sleep Apnea:

  • The patient may snore loudly during their sleep
  • Headache and fatigue are two significant symptoms of sleep apnea
  • After waking up, the patient may gasp for air
  • The breathing cycle gets interrupted while sleeping
  • The patient may experience insomnia

Major Causes of Sleep Apnea

There are several reasons that a person may experience sleep apnea. Patients with a family medical history of sleep apnea are prone to the disease. Other contributing factors include smoking and the use of sedative medicines. Obesity is also a significant cause of sleep apnea. People who sleep on their backs may also have sleep apnea folded tissue around the airways.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three major types of Sleep Apnea which have been listed below

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Central Sleep Apnea
  • Mixed Sleep Apnea

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

The dentist suggests treatment after diagnosing the cause of sleep apnea. Some of the treatments offered by the dentist have been provided below.

SomnoDent

Dentists advise the use of devices that help treat obstructive sleep apnea. SomnoDent is an Oral Sleep Apnea Appliance that is placed inside the mouth. The device is fabricated through SMH BFlex technology using the highest quality acrylic that provides absolute comfort to the patient. It is customized to fit the unique dental measurements of the patients.

SomnoDent helps push the lower jaw forward, which allows the relaxation of the tissues at the back of the throat. It also ensures that the base of the throat does not block the airways. The patient can open and close the mouth easily while wearing SomnoMed. It also enables them to talk, unlike other oral appliances used to treat sleep apnea. On following the care instructions provided by the dentist, it can be used for up to 5 years. 

CPAP Machine

The dentists advise Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy for patients who experience sleep apnea. A face mask is attached to the nose, which helps to keep the nasal airway by pushing air into the nose during sleep. The patient can have an uninterrupted sleep through this procedure.

Nasal Decongestants

Patients who experience mild sleep apnea are advised the use Nasal decongestants. It improves the nasal patency of the patient, which results in better sleep.

Surgery

Patients with sleep apnea are suggested for tracheostomy surgery, which helps open the upper airway blockage. The excessive tissues in the throat are also removed through other surgeries that help widen the patient's nasal airway.

Sleep Apnea is a disease that can be cured by following the dentist's instructions. A suitable treatment can help provide better results to the patient.

Silicon Dental, located in San Jose, CA, is equipped with efficient dentists and dental technologies that enable patients' best dental care facilities. Call (408) 238-5500 and book an appointment with the dentist to know more about Sleep Apnea treatments and receive a complete dental checkup for you and your family.

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