Sleep Apnea Treatment
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Snoring and OSA
Snoring and OSA are common problems that can affect your sleep, health and have a significant impact on your quality of life. Often snoring is a symptom of OSA, caused by changes in your upper airway while you sleep. Your airway may narrow, limiting air flow as you breathe. Your soft tissue may vibrate (this is commonly known as snoring), or it may completely collapse, causing you to stop breathing. Collapsing of the soft tissue is called an Obstructive Apnea and may last for 10 seconds or more. Your airway may even move through all three stages during the night.
What can I do if I have one or more of these symptoms?
Ask your physician or dentist about taking an Apnea Risk Evaluation Screening test, which involves a simple questionnaire. If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are having trouble wearing your CPAP, Central Texas Dental Care can work with your physician for your treatment and ongoing care.
How do I get tested for sleep apnea?
An overnight sleep study polysomnogram (PSG) is a test that is conducted in a sleep laboratory or hospital setting where the patient has to stay overnight. This is referred to as a monitored sleep study. A home sleep test (HST) can be done using a device the patient wears in the comfort of their own home.
|During normal sleep, the muscles
that control the tongue and
soft palate hold
the airway open.
|When these muscles relax,
the airway narrows. This can lead
to snoring and
|If the muscles relax too much,
the airway can collapse and
causing obstructed breathing.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
What are my sleep apnea treatment options?
How does oral appliance therapy work?
The appliance is only worn while you are sleeping. The radiographic image on the left shows a narrow airway while the image onthe right you can see the appliance slightly protruding the lower jaw and how this movement opens the airway.
Will my insurance pay for this treatment?