You Have Choices
There are various ways to treat sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can quickly turn into a serious sleep disorder if not treated properly. An individual experiencing sleep apnea will find relief in receiving professional treatment and will help prevent any further complications.
Diagnosing & Treating Sleep Apnea
OSA, although a common sleep disorder, may be life-threatening in the long run if not treated effectively. Long-term oxygen deprivation may over-stress your metabolism and heart. Although sleep apnea should be diagnosed by a physician it is oftentimes overlooked, leading to a misdiagnosis or delayed treatment. However, a knowledgeable dentist experienced in screening sleep apnea can often identify some of those symptoms missed by a physician during patients’ bi-annual examinations.
If our Glen Mills dentist suspects an individual is showing signs of sleep apnea, we’ll recommend an at-home sleep test. While the results of this overnight sleep study are not a conclusive diagnosis, they typically provide sufficient results to justify a visit to a sleep specialist for further testing. Once the patient has been properly diagnosed, Dr. McCoy will collaborate with your physician to create a comprehensive and tailored treatment for your sleep disorder.
We’ll Help You Find the Right Sleep Apnea Treatment
Often, sleep apnea treatment is a multi-step process that includes many different treatments combined to meet a patient’s specific needs and health issues. Treatment options for sleep apnea include:
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
- Oral Appliance Therapy
- Weight Management
- Positional Therapy
- Lifestyle Changes
Some treatments for obstructive sleep apnea may be as simple as changing your behavioral nature. However, the most common and recommended treatment for OSA is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy. This sleep apnea machine uses a face mask to gently force the airway open and keep airflow consistent throughout the night.
Traditional Oral Appliance Therapy
Another popular treatment for OSA is Oral Appliance Therapy. This treatment requires patients to use an oral appliance, similar to a mouth guard, that can be fabricated by your dentist. This form of treatment allows the patient to maintain an open airway during sleep by gently moving the lower jaw forward or holding your tongue in place.
For patients who can’t tolerate CPAP therapy, oral appliance therapy is the second and less invasive option. In order to ensure the best results and comfort, patients have the option of choosing from different types of oral appliances such as; mandibular repositioning devices and tongue retaining devices.
However, this form of therapy may result in a more expensive treatment. Patients must be custom fitted in order to use an effective oral appliance. Over the counter purchases of mouthguards are not recommended.
Dr. McCoy’s Approach to Sleep Apnea Treatment –
The Vivos System is a unique treatment for individuals who have a narrow or compromised airway. The Vivos System is a proprietary, non-invasive, non-surgical treatment protoco. Underdeveloped upper and lower jaws will cause the airway to be narrow or constricted resulting in impaired breathing during sleep. The Vivos System works to correct the underlying problem by enabling the jaws to expand to their proper position.
At Progressive Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we address obstructive sleep apnea in a disciplined manner. In our two-step approach, patients who have symptoms of OSA are first screened with a simple overnight pulse oximeter test. This exam provides Dr. McCoy with an analysis of your sleeping heart rate and blood oxygen levels, which indicate how well you breathe as you sleep.
Although this exam isn’t an official diagnosis, it helps guide Dr. McCoy by allowing him to analyze the patient’s breathing and determine whether an individual has OSA. As the results of your test are made available the next morning, our Glen Mills sleep apnea specialist can quickly evaluate your results and forward them to your physician for further testing.
The official OSA diagnosis will come from the sleep specialist who will analyze the sleep test ordered by your physician. From there, Dr. McCoy will work with your physician to help create the best sleep apnea solution for your lifestyle.
Get a Better Night’s Rest – Call Our Glen Mills Dentist
If you believe you may have sleep apnea, make sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. McCoy today. Progressive Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is dedicated to thoroughly understanding and helping patients manage their sleep disorder. Dr. McCoy is an experienced dentist who has acquired extensive training in the treatment process and screening of obstructive sleep apnea.