Sleep apnea affects many Americans with repeated breathing interruptions that cause daytime fatigue and raise a host of health risks. A wide range of treatments are available to treat obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of the condition, and patients are increasingly choosing dental approaches. Here is a look at classic and contemporary sleep apnea treatment options.
Short for continuous positive airway pressure, CPAP keeps the airway open during sleep by maintaining high air pressure there. Patients receiving CPAP wear a mask attached by hose to a bedside air pump. While CPAP works well for many patients, many others do not receive improvements or find it intolerable.
Dental treatment of sleep apnea can involve oral appliances or soft tissue surgery. With special oral appliances, the lower jaw and tongue can be prevented from collapsing backward and blocking the airway during sleep. Soft tissue surgery from our dentist in Northridge works by permanently widening the airway via removal of excess tissue there.
Untreated sleep apnea raises risks of not only deadly accidents but also heart disease, stroke and sudden cardiac death. With prompt treatment from our expert in sleep apnea treatment in Northridge, patients may prevent these complications and regain a high quality of life.