Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Obstructive sleep apnea is most common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.
If left untreated, Sleep Apnea can increase the risk of heart failure, stroke, diabetes and other serious conditions.
At Strongsville Dental & Laser Aesthetics, we offer two methods of treatment; a laser treatment called NightLase® and the more traditional approach, the CPAP machine.
NightLase® is part of our Laser Dentistry arsenal for sleep apnea and snoring. This non-invasive laser is a fast and patient friendly treatment.
The laser reduces the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the amplitude of snoring with a gentle, laser-induced tightening effect caused by the contraction of collagen in the oral mucosa tissue. Patients tolerate it well and no anesthesia is required. Our patients feel more energetic as the airways are opened and, in many cases, they no longer snore.
For years the treatment of choice for sleep apnea has been the CPAP machine. It is an excellent treatment option. CPAP works by blowing air into the throat via a mask, subtly increasing air pressure in the throat and preventing the airway from narrowing. This traditional method is effective, but only if the patient is diligent in using it regularly. Studies have shown that patient compliance with traditional CPAP machines is poor.
Our expert staff can deliver multiple, non-invasive treatments to help reduce snoring. We will work with your physician to determine the best course of action for you.
Evaluation of your specific condition is the first step. The screening may include the following:
- Evaluation of daytime sleepiness, obstructive breathing, nighttime breathing, signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder and occlusal exam
- A complete dental exam of the teeth, supporting structures, and evaluation of the head, neck, and facial area.
- Examination of the upper airway for obstruction, the palate, airway space, size and condition of the tongue, and position of the mandible
- Obtaining upper and lower dental impressions
- Specialized x-rays
- Sometimes measuring the throat and nasal airways with an instrument/computer is performed. This may include use of the Pharynometer/Rhinometer for evaluation of airflow. The equipment tells the dentist about the airway and the patient’s mandible (lower jaw). It is a simple, painless test.
- Determining if the patient is a candidate for oral appliance therapy or if they should be referred to a physician for other tests.
Call to make your appointment to see what treatment is best for you