Your sleep physician will diagnose your sleep apnea. Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your treatment options will vary depending on the type of sleep apnea that you have.
Side Effects of Untreated Sleep Apnea
Side effects of untreated sleep apnea can be detrimental to your overall health. Not only can it lead to accidents caused by severe drowsiness because you didn’t get enough sleep, but it can also have other harmful side effects including:
- Heart disease
- Heart arrhythmias
- High blood pressure
- Erectile dysfunction
- Chronic acid reflux
- Excessive fatigue
Types of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea, and it occurs when the muscles and soft tissue in the back of the throat relax so much that they collapse.
Central: Central sleep apnea (CSA) is caused by the failure of the brain to send signals to the respiratory system.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). By supporting the jaw in a forward position, oral appliance therapy helps keep the airways open.
Dr. Alan Slootsky, DMD, MAGD, FACD will work closely with you and your physician to determine whether or not oral appliance therapy is the best option for you. During your initial evaluation, we will discuss the benefits, side effects, and cost of oral appliance therapy to help you make the most informed decision about how you want to treat your sleep apnea.
Your evaluation will include a complete examination of your teeth, jaw, tongue, and airways. If need be, your dentist will take new X-rays of your mouth. Your oral appliance will then be custom made in a lab. Once it is complete, you will have a fitting in our office. During this time, your Pompano Beach FL dentist will ensure that the appliance fits properly and will work effectively. You will also learn how to care for and clean your appliance.
Your sleep physician will likely want you to do another sleep study to ensure that the oral appliance is working the way that it should. Dr. Slootsky will also want to see you for a follow up appointment to ensure that the appliance still fits appropriately and is working effectively.