Sleep Apnea Treatments
If you have ever been on the receiving end of a rogue elbow as you slept and had been chided in the morning upon waking about your loud snoring, then there is a very high chance that you suffer from a common condition known as “sleep apnea.” Sleep apnea affects 4 percent of the adult male population and 2 percent of the female population, and while it seems annoying at worst, it can be quite dangerous. We here at The Mugford Center strongly advise that you seek professional medical treatment at our office for your sleep apnea to help prevent lasting complications later on down the road.
Is Sleep Apnea That Dangerous?
While many people think that sleep apnea is nothing more than a condition that causes obnoxious, loud snoring, it is much more serious than that. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing at night and wake up sputtering and choking for air. Many times, sufferers of this condition do not even realize they are choking, much less that they have such frequent wake ups at night. While more mild forms of this disorder may result in just a few wakeups per hour, more severe forms may result in thirty or more episodes every hour.
Other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
There are three primary types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and mixed sleep apnea.
What are my Treatment Options?
Treatment for sleep apnea depends on the type that you have, but often we can treat you in our office either surgically or by fitting you with an oral appliance. This includes mandibular devices, which can help by repositioning your jaw and your tongue, preventing the obstruction from occurring. Other treatments include surgery to remove any tissue that can be causing obstruction, or surgery on the teeth or jaw to help reposition them. We may also advise CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) to regulate your breathing. You may also be advised to undergo lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking or losing weight. If left untreated, sleep apnea can become deadly, leading to a heart attack, diabetes, liver problems, and even death.
Questions about Sleep Apnea Treatments?
If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, then it is important that you give us a call here at The Mugford Center at (410) 260-0790 right away. The sooner we are able to diagnose and treat your sleep apnea, the better your outcome will be, for both yourself and your significant other!