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.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

CPAP Alternatives

CPAP Alternatives

Can’t tolerate CPAP? We have alternatives…

CPAP Alternatives

Can’t tolerate CPAP? We have alternatives…

Can’t tolerate CPAP? Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA has alternatives

Can’t tolerate CPAP? We have alternatives…

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects thousands of people and can cause serious health concerns if left untreated due to the fact that sleep apnea is caused by your airways literally collapsing. The standard treatment for the condition is to use a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine.

This is essentially a machine connected to your nose through a hose which constantly forces air through the nose and down the airway. It’s an effective machine and for many it means the difference between sleeping soundly through the night or having to go throughout each day with only a few hours of sleep. Unfortunately, as many things do, it has several downsides that make it unacceptable for certain people.

The downsides to CPAP

First of all, there’s the machine itself. A CPAP has a small rubber piece that fits over your nose, which is then held in place by straps that wrap around your head. This is fine for most people, but there are plenty who find it nearly impossible to sleep with the feeling of two straps wrapped tightly around their head. The nose cover is usually padded, but the plastic and rubber are also often a large comfortability issue.

Secondly, the machine runs all night long, making sleep difficult simply due to the machine’s noise. There are several other reasons, such as how difficult the machine can be to bring on trips, the monthly upkeep costs, etc., that make CPAP more of a burden than a solution.

Luckily, there is a CPAP alternative

One of the most effective CPAP alternatives and recommended as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea by the American Sleep Association and the American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine is Oral Appliance Therapy. This involves a dental sleep doctor making a custom fabricated oral appliance that is custom fit to your particular bite, and is designed to open the airway making it an effective solution both for breathing and snoring.

If this option sounds like they might be something you’d be interested in, don’t wait another minute, contact an experienced dental sleep doctor such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA to get more information and finally start getting a good night’s sleep again. There’s nothing more important for your health than making sure you get a full, restful night of sleep every night.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan