Treating Sleep Apnea:
Sleep Apnea Care from Dr. Patricia Takacs
There isn’t one type of sleep apnea treatment that’s right for everybody. Although CPAP is commonly prescribed to treat sleep apnea, many of our patients find it to be noisy and inconvenient.
But our oral appliances are quiet, they don’t require any electricity, and they’re easy to use. We’ll carefully consider your situation to make sure you get the care that’s right for you.
Finding the Care That’s Right for You
Dr. Patricia Takacs and our whole team have extensive training in the field of sleep medicine. In fact, Dr. Takacs is recognized as a Diplomate by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. This is the highest distinction they bestow for excellence in dental sleep medicine.
Sleep apnea usually occurs as a result of excess tissue that’s blocking the airway. Dentists have extensive training and experience regarding this region of the body. That’s why they’re commonly the first practitioners to notice signs of sleep apnea in their patients.
When you meet with Dr. Takacs, she’ll provide you with a thorough examination and ask you about the type of sleep you’ve been getting. If preliminary indications suggest you could be suffering from sleep apnea, Dr. Takacs will refer you to a sleep physician for a diagnosis.
Once you’ve received your diagnosis, we’ll help you find the best treatment option for you. If it turns out that your heavy snoring isn’t related to sleep apnea, we can still treat your snoring with our convenient oral appliances.
Your Treatment Options
Common treatments for sleep apnea include:
- CPAP–A CPAP machine blows warm air into the airway while you sleep. This continuous stream of air is pumped through a mask that connects to your face. CPAP is very effective, but many patients find it inconvenient because it’s loud, unwieldy, and it restricts your movement during sleep. Unfortunately, over half of patients stop using the CPAP machine after less than a year of treatment.
- Oral Appliances–An oral appliance is a small device, similar to a retainer, worn to keep the airway open while you sleep. In fact, oral appliances can also be used to treat snoring and TMJ Disorder and they’re also completely portable and easy to use.
- Surgery and Medication–In some cases, medication is prescribed to treat sleep apnea and in others, surgery is recommended to remove the patient’s tonsils, adenoids, or excess tissue that’s blocking the airway.