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Discover the Many Options to Treat Sleep Apnea in California Patients

June 19, 2020

Discover the Many Options to Treat Sleep Apnea in California Patients

Are you surprised to learn that more than 22 million people throughout the United States deal with some type of sleep issue? The bad news is that sleep apnea can cause long-term health issues. The good news is that there are solutions. Keep reading to discover potential solutions and then contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 for help with sleep apnea.

Medication May Be the Answer for You

In some cases, all you need is a quality decongestant to treat your sleep apnea. That’s right – sleep apnea is essentially a breathing disorder. By clearing out your nasal passages and sinuses, you may get the relief you need. That said, decongestants are only helpful for mild cases.

Surgery Could Help

If you have severe sleep apnea, surgery may be the best way to treat it. This is truly a last resort option, and it is likely that your doctor will not recommend or approve it until you have tried other options without success. However, it can be helpful to know that there is an option if what you are doing now is not working.

There are several types of surgery. One involves tissue removal in which excess tissue is removed from your throat or the back of the mouth. This allows air to pass through much more easily. Another surgery option repositions the jaw forward so that the airway is not obstructed. Know that this is not a foolproof option. For example, the tissue removal surgery has a success rate of only 50%.

CPAP Machines

Known by most people as CPAP machines, continuous positive airway pressure machines connect to a mask that the user wears while they are sleeping. The machine works by blowing air down the person’s throat to ensure that it remains open and that air can flow freely. There are various types of CPAP machines at different price points with different features.

Unfortunately, there can be negative side effects. They include a runny nose and congestion. Some patients also find them uncomfortable or difficult to wear while sleeping.

An Oral Appliance May Be the Most Effective Option for You

This is a simple solution but is often the only solution that works for people. This is essentially a mouth guard that the user wears when they sleep. There are two types, one that causes the jaw to jut further open and another that pulls the tongue forward and holds it in place. Both prevent anything from obstructing the throat.

Your Dentist is the First Line of Defense Against Sleep Apnea

If you are experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea, you should talk to your dentist. At California Dental Group we can create a customized oral appliance that could solve the issue overnight. Call us at (800) 407-0161 to make your appointment.

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