The exact therapy selected for a patient with with Obstructive Sleep Apnea is based on the patient’s sleep test, medical history, dental exam and physical examination. There are multiple treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea including:
Behavioral Modification is an important part of all treatment programs, and in mild cases behavioral therapy may be all that is needed.
- Weight loss, if needed
- Avoidance of alcohol, sedatives, hypnotics, and tobacco
- Regular exercise
- Stress management
- Body positioning during sleep, not sleeping on your back.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) – is a conservative treatment option using an oral appliance for patients to wear at sleep. These devices move the lower jaw downward and forward. This helps to open and maintain the airway. Oral appliance therapy can be used when patients are CPAP intolerant.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Device (CPAP) – is what most physicians use to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Physicians do not study the mouth and have the training to titrate oral appliances. CPAP rams positive-pressure air through a mask to keep airway open during sleep. The mask is strapped onto your face. Many patients feel claustrophobic in their CPAP. Plus, they CPAP restricts movements in bed and needs constant electrical power. It is bulky to travel with.
Except where abnormalities are present (nasal polyps, enlarged tonsils, deviated septum, or jaw malformations) surgery is only mildy effective and many cases which are initially successful fail within five years. Surgeries include:
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
- Nasal surgery
- Tonsillectomy / adenoidectomy
- Maxillofacial surgery
You have choices in treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Don’t settle for a one size fits all approach. We encourage you to research and decide what sleep apnea treatment works best for you.
Call our office at 832-487-0647 or come by 3421 Burke Rd #1, Pasadena, Texas 77504.