Statistics show that over 22 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea. That means a considerable portion of the population is unable to function at their best from day-to-day. More alarmingly, though, the condition has been found to contribute to such life-threatening conditions as hypertension, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, then Dr. Jason L. Montgomery can help you recover so you can get the vital rest you need. To request an initial visit, contact our Plano office today.
Patients dealing with sleep apnea in Plano, Texas, which is a sleep breathing disorder, will have bouts of momentary breath loss throughout the night. With each occurrence, the brain sends a distress signal that interrupts the sleep. Because this can happen sometimes hundreds of times throughout a sleep cycle, the person is typically left feeling depleted the next day.
The most common form of the condition is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which involves a partial blockage of the airway, which can contribute to breath loss. There can be several factors that lead to OSA. Thus, any treatment protocol should involve addressing them concurrently.
The following are some of the possible contributors to bouts of sleep apnea:
Taking the steps to address these issues can help to lessen the chances of developing sleep apnea and aid in the recovery process. It also helps to recognize the warning signs of the condition.
Here are some of the more common indicators of OSA to be on the lookout for:
If you notice any of the above, it’s important to take action. You can start by bringing it to your primary care physician’s attention. To eliminate any guessing, he or she can then set-up a sleep test. Thus, if you have a positive diagnosis for OSA, you can reach out to Dr. Montgomery to receive the vital care you need.
Thankfully, with the advancements in sleep dentistry, there are several ways to address OSA. Let’s look at a few of them:
The CPAP machine, which is the most common method of treating OSA, consists of a base unit, tube and mask that is worn while patients sleep. While it is an effective method of treatment, some patients find it to be uncomfortable and cumbersome.
Another option that may be recommended is to undergo upper airway surgery. This is usually reserved for situations where non-invasive methods have been unsuccessful.
No matter what type of treatment protocol is designed, it’s important to make any necessary lifestyle changes. While they, alone, typically won’t suffice for treating OSA, by being coupled with an effective treatment regimen, making healthy lifestyle changes can be quite helpful with recovering.
The usage of oral appliances for treating OSA has become increasingly more popular, and it’s what Dr. Montgomery most frequently recommends to his patients. That’s because, along with being highly effective, it provides a quiet and comfortable form of treatment.
The custom-made appliance works by gently shifting the jaw forward to leave the airway open to prevent bouts of apnea while sleeping. To determine what will ultimately work best for you, though, contact our office to schedule a visit with Dr. Montgomery.