Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that prevents adequate airflow. During sleep, the tissue at the back of the throat collapses, partially blocking the trachea and reducing the amount of oxygen available for delivery to vital organs.
Patients snore loudly and can stop breathing for brief periods of time; the body wakes up when oxygen levels drop dangerously low. This can happen many times a night without the patient’s awareness, resulting in a lack of restful sleep. This causes exhaustion and sleepiness during the day.You may find more information at Fairview sleep apnea dentist.
Irritability, morning headaches, memory loss, reduced libido, poor focus, and depression are some of the other side effects. Patients are often at a greater risk of heart attacks and strokes, as well as becoming more vulnerable to occupational or traffic injuries due to decreased focus.
When a patient schedules an appointment with a sleep apnea dentist, the first step is to maintain a sleep diary for two weeks or more. An initial interview will be performed on the day of the appointment to help decide what sort of sleep disordered breathing you may have. While the patient is sleeping, a polysomnogram test may be required to examine the heartbeat, brainwaves, limb movements, and breathing.
Any underlying factors that can interfere with one’s sleeping habits, such as medications and medicine, sleep disorders, medical conditions, and so on, may be of concern to the dentist/sleep specialist.
Treatments for sleep apnea fall into one of two categories:
1. Oral appliance therapy
2. Surgery on the upper airway
Oral appliance therapy (OAT)
When patients only have mild to severe sleep apnea, the dentist will recommend OAT. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or the use of an oral apparatus to keep the tongue from weakening is the first line of treatment. Behavioral shifts, such as losing weight and sleeping in a different position, are also recommended.
Surgery on the upper airway
When all less invasive procedures have proven ineffective or are intolerable to patients, this is the last resort. There are a number of surgeries that can be conducted, many of which are customised to the site of optimum interference. Depending on the type and position of the obstruction, the dentist and an ENT will help you determine the surgery to have.
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