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Sleep Apnea Therapy

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Did you know that approximately 60% of men and 40% of women snore? Snoring does not always indicate sleep apnea, but it’s often a symptom. And that’s serious!

If you wake up feeling like you didn’t rest, or if you experience excessive tiredness during the day, if your partner complains of your loud snoring, or expresses worry because you’ve stopped breathing, you might need to visit OHIOSmiles for some tests. Dr. Antalis is highly trained in the recognition, diagnosis, and dental treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, a dangerous condition that has even been known to cause sudden death.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are basically three types of apnea:

  • Central Apnea: This occurs when there is no chemical response from the brain to stimulate breathing. The airway is open, but no oxygen gets into the blood system.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The lungs and the diaphragm are functioning normally, but no oxygen is entering the system because there is an obstruction in the upper airway.
  • Mixed Apnea: This is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea.

Why Treating Sleep Apnea is So Important

Snoring isn’t the only problem that sleep apnea causes. The real problem begins when the snoring stops – and along with it your breathing. Sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea can stop breathing hundreds of times a night, sometimes for minutes at a time. This leads to a lack of oxygen which can contribute to a variety of serious health risks, including stroke, heart attacks, and even cancer. The heart also has to work harder, interrupting quality sleep. Just imagine how hard it is to get through the day with all of that going on at night!

Dr. Antalis Can Help

Because of her special training, her investment in a variety of diagnostic tools, and her partnership with various specialists, Dr. Antalis is an excellent and convenient resource for patients who wonder if they have sleep apnea. This combination of experience and collaboration can help give you the best outcome of your treatment.

Diagnostic Tools Used During Treatment

Evaluation often begins with an examination of your nose and throat using a variety of diagnostic tools. These can include:

● Rhinometer: This device uses acoustic reflection to map the airway and identify and locate obstructions. The test takes about 30 seconds and is easy and non-invasive.

● Pharyngometer: This device records airway volume and helps us locate narrow or unstable airways, allowing us to even further pinpoint obstruction. All you have to do is take a series of deep breaths through the pharyngometer. In fact, this device is so sensitive, it can help us in the fitting of an oral sleep apnea device and in diagnosing TMJ / TMD issues.

Will An Appliance Work for Me?

Obstructive sleep apnea is the only apnea for which an oral appliance is recommended. The appliance is highly effective for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, can help patients who are unwilling or unable to wear a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine, and has been in use for over ten years. In fact, in September 1995, the American Sleep Disorder Association (ASDA) endorsed oral appliance therapy as one of the three most recommended treatments for snoring and sleep apnea. The other two are a CPAP machine and surgical removal of the uvula or excess tissue from the palate. We will work with your primary care physician or sleep specialist to find the best solution for you. Some patients even find that a combination of an oral appliance and a CPAP is their best option.