Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive and central. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common characterized by airway obstruction due to relaxed muscle tone and collapsed soft tissue at the level of the throat. Snoring is a common finding in OSA patients. Snoring is the turbulent sound of air moving in the back of the mouth, throat and nose.
It is very important to seek medical attention if sleep apnea is suspected. A sufferer can completely stop breathing numerous times per hour, and this can quickly turn into a deadly situation.
Initially, Dr. Fabry will want to conduct tests in order to investigate, diagnose, and pinpoint a suitable treatment. The most common treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine which generates positive air pressure to keep the airway open. For people who can’t tolerate the CPAP machine there are two other options. Patients can have surgery to reduce the amount of tissue in the oral pharynx therefore, tissue will not collapse on the airway while sleeping. Another treatment method is to have a general dentist fabricate a mandibular advancement appliance. This appliance moves the lower jaw slightly forward opening the airway for breathing. There are two types of appliances we offer, TAP and Silent Night.
If you feel you or your spouse may benefit from sleep apnea treatment, contact us today.