Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea Treatments

Treatments for sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea Treatments

Treatments for sleep apnea

Dr. Benjamin Polan shares his treatments for sleep apnea in Beverly, MA

Treatments for sleep apnea

Snoring occurs when the soft tissues of the upper airway collapse during sleep, which narrows a person’s airway. When the attempt is made to force air through this narrow airway during expiration, the tissues vibrate, producing the snoring sound. The health condition sometimes produced by snoring is termed obstructive sleep apnea, (OSA).

It is estimated that 18 million Americans suffer from OSA. Common symptoms are sleeping or sleepiness during the day and snoring at night. Some individuals actually stop breathing as often as a hundred times in one night. Those at risk are individuals with high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome and most of all, obesity.

There are two methods of classifying OSA

OSA can be categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. Apnea can also be classified as central sleep apnea or obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is the least common type, and occurs when the brain fails to send messages to the respiratory muscles to perform the act of breathing. During obstructive sleep apnea, air cannot flow out of an individual’s nose or mouth even though the muscles involved in respiration are making the attempt.

CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. It produces pressure during expiration to keep the throat open while the individual sleeps. A mask is hooked to a hose that connects to a machine that provides air and pressure. If the patient suffers from severe sleep apnea, and CPAP has been unsuccessful, surgery may be necessary. Surgery may involve removing the tissue that collapses during sleep, and if this type of surgery is unsuccessful, a more complex surgery may be attempted in which the mouth and facial bones are reconstructed. However, there is a highly effective treatment that is totally non-invasive: Oral Appliance Therapy.

New dental appliance treatment

A new sleep apnea treatment has been developed that utilizes a dental appliance which looks much like a mouth guard worn by sports players. This mouth piece moves the tongue or lower jaw forward, which opens the airway and makes it easier to breathe. These appliances are recommended as a first line treatment for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea, and as a treatment for those with severe OSA but who cannot tolerate the CPAP machine.

This special dental appliance is fitted by a dentist like Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA who’s trained in dental sleep medicine. The oral appliance is approved by the National Institutes of Health, the American Sleep Apnea Association, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. These are also FDA approved. There are many advantages to using this apparatus.

This special FDA approved, custom made oral appliance is fitted by a dentist trained in dental sleep medicine. The apparatus is approved by the National Institutes of Health, the American Sleep Apnea Association, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. There are many advantages to using this apparatus. It is small, fits easily into the mouth and does not cover the face with a mask. It is easy to pack when traveling. It is doesn’t make drinking any more difficult, and it’s very easy to talk while wearing it.

Choosing a dentist to treat OSA is an important, life changing decision. Dr. Benjamin Polan is a trained sleep disorder dentist in Beverly, MA. He combines aesthetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry, which qualifies him to treat temporomandibular dysfunction, or TMJ. Dr. Polan trained at the Somnomed Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Allentown Pain Center, The Elite Dental Center and The Tufts Dental School Mini-REsidency Program in Sleep Apnea.

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Relationship Problems

Relationship Problems

Chronic crankiness and fatigue can steadily kill any relationship

Relationship Problems

Chronic crankiness and fatigue can steadily kill any relationship

Dr. Benjamin Polan cures relationship problems due to sleep disorders in Beverly, MA

Chronic crankiness and fatigue can steadily kill any relationship

Chronic crankiness and fatigue can steadily kill any relationship. Sleep deprivation often leads to relationship problems as there’s no fun in being with someone with low energy and high irritability. If the grouchy couch potato snores a lot as well, obstructive sleep apnea may be the problem.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that interrupts breathing repeatedly during sleep. Sleep apnea produces impulses from the brain to awaken the sleeper just enough to restart respiration. The sleep disorder apnea is not rare as one in five adults has a mild to moderate case. Incessant snoring strongly indicates sleep apnea and should be examined by a physician.

Sleep apnea is a key factor in depression, irritability, sexual impotence, memory problems, and drowsiness. Ultimately, the patient is at their worst during the daytime making them unfit for the balance required in an intimate relationship.

The problem is not beyond repair

For mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy is recommended by the American Sleep Apnea association as a first line treatment. An experienced sleep dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA takes impressions of the teeth to custom fit an oral appliance to the patient’s exact bite. The oral appliance is then made to these specifications at an FDA approved lab before being sent back to the dentist. The appliance ensures that placement in the mouth holds the lower jaw in place and moves the tongue forward by elevating the soft palate and keeping the tongue from falling back into the airway. Oral appliances are excellent for patients who fail other treatment attempts, though they should have regular office visits with their pulmonologists or sleep physicians to monitor treatment maintenance and symptoms.

Lifestyle changes can mitigate sleep apnea symptoms

Many overweight patients have managed to cure sleep apnea by losing excess weight. The CPAP air-pressure mask only treats the symptom; weight loss can potentially fully cure it. Alcohol should be avoided because it causes frequent nocturnal arousals and relaxes upper throat muscles, and B narrows the airway and aggravates apnea and snoring. Ironically, sedatives prescribed for insomnia can relax throat muscles and worsen airway obstruction. Sleeping on the side rather than the back helps some patients with mild sleep apnea.

Regular, restful sleep that recharges and reinvigorates the body and mind for the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of life is an absolute necessity for good health, which in turn is necessary for the life of good, healthy relationships. Relationships are living things that thrive in happy times and wither from abuse and neglect.

Anyone aware of frequent snoring, especially if made aware by partner’s complaints, may suffer from symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and should consult a dental sleep doctor like Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA without delay to discuss treatment.

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