SLEEP APNEA SOLUTIONS
in the Triad of North Carolina
Finding The Best
Sleep Apnea Treatment for You
Do you find yourself waking up tired with no energy throughout the day? Or maybe you’ve been waking up with headaches or a dry throat? All of these can be symptoms of sleep apnea. At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, our Archdale dentists provide sleep apnea treatments to help patients achieve restful sleep once again.
For patients who have yet to receive an obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) diagnosis, we offer at-home sleep tests so you can get the answers you need. At your consultation, our dentists will start by asking you a few screening questions. Based on your answers, we’ll determine if you’re at risk and provide you with a sleep study.
Once you’ve received an official diagnosis, our team of dentists will help you find the best sleep apnea treatment for your specific needs.
Why Patients Don’t Like CPAP
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines have been the go-to sleep apnea treatment for decades. CPAP is a mask worn over the face at night as it continually blows pressurized air through your lungs, opening up your airway. However, many patients stop using their CPAP as it’s large, noisy, and uncomfortable. Fortunately, with new advancements in sleep dentistry, there are alternatives to CPAP so you can sleep soundly without the inconvenience of a CPAP machine.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy utilizes a custom-made dental appliance to help gently move your jaw forward, allowing oxygen to pass through the throat without any obstruction. Oral appliances are highly effective for mild-to-moderate sleep apnea sufferers. They’re created to fit perfectly in your mouth, can be taken anywhere you go, don’t make noise, and are easy to use.
If you’ve been prescribed a CPAP machine and find you’re having trouble using it, schedule your consultation with Triad Cosmetic Dentistry. Our sleep dentists will discuss your sleep apnea symptoms and health history to determine if an oral appliance may be a better fit.
Other CPAP Alternatives
There are other CPAP alternatives patients should consider. Other ways that may help to improve your sleep apnea symptoms include:
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol
- Avoid sleeping pills and sedatives
- Change sleeping positions
- Practice throat and mouth exercises
- Ask about surgery
The options above may be combined with prescribed treatment. The dentists at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry will discuss what will work best for your sleep apnea situation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best treatment for sleep apnea?
The best treatment for sleep apnea will depend on the individual’s case and symptoms. While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are the most popular, they may not be the most effective for certain patients. A more preferred method may be oral appliance therapy as they’re quiet, small, and custom-made specifically for you.
Is there a cure for sleep apnea?
No, there’s no cure for sleep apnea. However, research shows that certain lifestyle factors can either reverse your sleep apnea symptoms or make them worse. Depending on the severity of the case, non-invasive treatments or surgery may be recommended to decrease symptoms.
What are natural ways to treat sleep apnea?
There are a few different natural lifestyle changes that you could make to help your sleep apnea symptoms. Changes you can make include:
- Maintain a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly
- Practice yoga
- Avoid smoking tobacco or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
- Alter your sleep position
- Try different throat exercises to strengthen your muscles
How many times an hour do you stop breathing with sleep apnea?
Each sleep apnea episode is different depending on the severity of the condition, and a person can stop breathing anywhere from 5 to 30 times per hour.
For mild cases of sleep apnea, a person will generally stop breathing less than 15 times per hour of sleep, whereas someone with moderate apnea will be interrupted 15 to 29 times per hour.
More severe cases of sleep apnea can stop breathing anywhere from 30 or more times per hour.
Schedule a Consultation at Our Archdale Dental Office
Do you think you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea? Our Archdale dentists can help you discover your possible disorder with an at-home sleep study. Once you’ve been diagnosed with OSA, we can provide you with a small, effective oral appliance and recommend other CPAP alternatives.
If you’re in Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, and surrounding areas of North Carolina, give us a call today at (336) 434-3186 so we can schedule your sleep apnea consultation.