Sleep Apnea Treatments
TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of South Western Ontario has an experienced medical professional who provides sleep apnea treatments in Kingsville. The most effective way to diagnose sleep apnea is when they happen. That’s why doctors diagnose this condition either at home or in a sleep lab.
We use advanced equipment to assess sleep disorders. The Watch-Pat device is one among them. This device is fitted on the patient’s hand for a night. The resulting data that include the number of times the patient’s sleep was interrupted helps to structure an appropriate treatment plan.
Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea
The earlier you get sleep apnea treated, the better. There are many body functions that depend on the way we breathe. Digestion, metabolism, brain function are some body processes that rely on a good breathing system. Here are a few common ways in which we treat sleep apnea:
Lifestyle Changes: Exercising and losing weight can help relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea. Through exercise and fat reduction, the muscle tone in the throat increases and lessens any airway constriction.
Medical Interventions: People with sleep apnea who use at-home sleep device that delivers Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) have seen improvement. The patient wears a mask, when sleeping, which has a hose and a pump attached to it. The hose supplies air at a stable pressure level. This pressure level helps prevent airway closure that leads to apnea. One of the drawbacks of this machine is that it can be noisy.
Severe cases of sleep apnea can be treated only with surgery. During the surgery, part of the uvula and wall of the throat are removed and the jawbone may be cut to widen the airway passage.
Dental Orthotics: At TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of South Western Ontario, we aim to use non-invasive, dental orthotic appliances to position the jaw, mouth, and teeth to prevent airway closure.
In 2006, the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine supported the usage of oral appliances as the primary treatment option for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. There was a series of specialized, portable orthotic appliances that was designed by Dr. Steven Olmos, the founder of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Office. These devices are placed in the patient’s mouth throughout the night. They are easy to clean, maintain and are less noisy. Many patients prefer the dental orthotics to CPAP.
To learn more about sleep apnea treatments given at TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of South Western Ontario, just give us a call.