Dentist | BenchMark Dental | Windsor, Greeley & Loveland, CO | Sleep Apnea Treatments

CPAP Machines

Graphic of man sleeping with CPAP MaskCPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a machine that is the most common of sleep apnea treatments. The CPAP attaches to the face with a mask and blows a continuous stream of pressurized air into the patient’s airway, preventing the patient from experiencing Apneic events. The pressurized air moves at about 50 miles per hour, blowing all tissue and structures out of the way.

 

Oral Appliances

image of  Oral Appliance Therapy mounted on molded teeth for sleep apnea treatmentsIt is estimated that only half of the patients who have CPAP machines
comply with them or are able to tolerate them. Side effects include bloody noses, dry and chapped nasal areas, raw skin from the mask, and difficulty
sleeping due to the mask.

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) involves the selection, design, and fitting of a specially designed oral appliance that, when worn to bed, maintains an open and unobstructed airway. As sleep apnea treatments these appliances look similar to sports mouth guards and are designed to treat snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. They work by repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and/or uvula. They also increase the muscle tone of the tongue and structures of the throat.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Surgical Treatments fjor sleep apnea image of hand holding scalpel Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons may employ a handful of surgical treatments. These consist of complex surgical sleep apnea treatments to advance the lower jaw, remove the tonsils, adenoids, uvula, and parts of the throat and/or tongue. This surgery is painful and frequently includes difficult recovery. Every treatment option of lesser invasiveness should be explored before proceeding to surgical treatment.

 

Additional Reading:

Treatments

  • It is estimated that only half of the patients who have CPAP machines comply with them or are able to tolerate them.
  • Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) involves the selection of a oral appliance that, when worn to bed, maintains an open and unobstructed airway.
  • Every treatment option of lesser invasiveness should be explored before proceeding to surgical treatment.

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