You have received your sleep test back and you have sleep apnea, now what?
Depending on each your diagnosis, sleep apnea treatment may be as simple as a lifestyle change such as weight loss, positional sleeping or change in diet. Moreover, some patients may benefit from the help of a specially designed dental device. This device is called a mandibular advancement device (MAD). The MAD prevents airway blockage by moving the lower jaw downward and forward. This keeps the airway open.
Also, use of pillows to alter your nighttime sleeping may be suggested as sleep apnea is worst with the patient sleeping on their backs. A common mechanical therapy the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. The CPAP uses a mask to ram air through the patient’s upper airway thus preventing collapse. There are many problems that patients experience with CPAP.
Dr. Nugent, in conjunction with a board certified sleep physician, will determine which dental sleep medicine treatment or combination of treatments will work best for you.
If you are struggling with a CPAP, you need to know there are other options. Call our Pasadena Texas Sleep Office at 832-487-0647 to set up an appointment with our trained sleep dentist.