Do you or your loved one suffer from sleep apnea?
You are not alone! “Over 25 million Americans have sleep apnea,” according to Myapnea.org. Your whole body is supposed to start and relax when you begin to fall asleep. However, if you have sleep apnea and try to fall asleep, your upper airways will start to collapse which will disrupt your breathing and cause complete (apnea) or partial (hypopnea) airway closure.
The apnea or hypopnea will continue to result in your body waking up due to the feeling of suffocation. When your body thinks it’s suffocating, it will react by sending adrenaline into your bloodstream to stimulate muscles and reopen your airway. Once your body relaxes, and you start to fall asleep, the exhausting cycle will start all over. Sleep apnea and snoring can have various negative effects on the body due to the obstruction of airflow, lower oxygen levels and unhealthy sleeping patterns.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
OSA causes lower oxygen levels and only allows you to gain fragments of sleep. The low O2 levels and horrible sleeping patterns have numerous negative outcomes on the body.
What is CPAP Intolerance?
The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) unit is a sleep apnea treatment machine that delivers lightly pressurized airflow through a mask and hose that you wear while you sleep. This simulated airflow prevents sleep apnea by acting as a splint that keeps your upper airways open. Even though it’s considered as one of the “best options” for treating sleep apnea, not all of the patients who are prescribed CPAP machines actually use it regularly.
What are some of the reasons for CPAP Intolerance?
- Mask leaks
- Latex allergies
- CPAP machine noise disrupting user or partner
- Restrictions in sleeping movements due to CPAP machine parameters
- Unable to make the mask, straps and headgear to fit correctly or comfortably
How are you supposed to achieve the sound and healthy sleep that your body and mind needs to function at it’s best and combat sleep apnea?
Kernagis Dental Excellence specializes in excellent dental devices that successfully treat sleep apnea and snoring. If a CPAP machine has not worked for you in the past, then we have oral appliance alternatives such as mouth guards and sleep medicines that could be a perfect fit for you.
What are common benefits of using oral appliances?
- It does not require or rely on electricity
- Non-invasive and reversible treatments
- Comfortable to wear when properly fitted
- Lightweight, small and convenient for traveling
- Easier to deal with and less hassle than CPAP for you and your partner
What are some of the other than CPAP options for sleep apnea and snoring treatments?
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD)
MAD are the most commonly used devices to treat sleep apnea and snoring. These MAD oral appliances work by successfully opening your airway, keeping your lower jaw from falling backward and down, and holding the lower jaw slightly open and forward.
Tongue Restraining Devices (TRD) or Tongue Stabilizing Devices (TSD)
The TRDs work similar to the MAD and hold the tongue forward. However, TRDs have direct control over the tongue instead of the lower jaw.
Hybrid CPAP Option
The Hybrid CPAP Option is the combination of Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) and a dental device that is built into a custom mask. These custom-made devices or oral appliances can attach to a CPAP machine and allows you to set your CPAP at a lower pressure setting.
Drs. Richard and Jennifer Kernagis truly care about your health and are ready to discuss sleep apnea and snoring treatments that are perfect for your exact needs.
It’s time to take charge and achieve the excellent sleep that you deserve! Call our friendly staff to get started at (813) 574-2524, visit one of our three easy to locate offices in Tampa Bay, Lithia, or Apollo Beach.