Before you can receive proper sleep apnea treatment in Fresno you must first be positively diagnosed with the condition. Once the type of sleep apnea is determined, only then will you be able to find the best treatment for you. You will want to consult a nearby sleep dentist who can work with a sleep physician to properly diagnose and treat your sleep apnea.
The sleep apnea treatment that is determined to be most suitable will depend on the type of sleep apnea you’ve been diagnosed with, as well as the severity of the condition. It’s vital that the sleep apnea treatment you receive is personalized for your needs. This is why you will want to come to Dr. Blair for sleep apnea treatment in Fresno. She is well versed in the various types of treatments available, and Dr. Blair is sure to find an effective answer for your sleep apnea. As you may have imagined, there are various types of treatments available for each kind of sleep apnea.
Central and Complex Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea treatment in Fresno for both central and complex apnea requires outside help from a physician. Central and complex sleep apnea is best treated using a CPAP machine, but the TAP-PAP oral sleep apnea appliance may be able to help. The TAP-PAP is known for its effectiveness in focusing the air pressure from the CPAP, and consequently, the added comfort that it provides to the patient. With the TAP-PAP, patients don’t have to wear a mask with bothersome straps, and they can frequently lower the pressure settings on their CPAP.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment
The course of finding the best obstructive sleep apnea treatment in Fresno will depend on the severity of your obstructive sleep apnea, and the unique challenges that are present in your airway.
For treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea , the primary treatment is the use of oral sleep apnea appliances. These appliances are used to reposition the jaw while you sleep by pulling the jaw and tongue to a forward position that allows the throat to open and remain so throughout the night. There is a wide variety of different sleep apnea devices available and it may be helpful to be aware of the differences between them, though Dr. Blair will be able to choose the one that is most fitting for you.
Surgery As A Cure For Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Surgery is the most invasive and serious treatment option and all but one of the surgeries offered are entirely irreversible. Unfortunately, it is necessary in some extreme cases of sleep apnea.There are patients who have enlarged adenoids and tonsils that need to be surgically removed to ensure that the airway remains open and unblocked. In these patients, CPAP and oral sleep apnea appliances aren’t 100% effective because the tonsils and adenoids still block the airway, so the glands need to be surgically removed. Other soft tissues such as the uvula may also cause obstruction.
Another surgical option is palatal pillars. Palatal pillars are made up of polyester and are implanted in the soft palate. They are small and are used to make the soft palate stronger and stiffer. This way the palate doesn’t collapse during sleep. This is the one surgery that is reversible, but it is generally only recommended as an anti-snoring measure and not to prevent obstructive sleep apnea.
When obesity is part of the sleep apnea equation, some dentists may suggest that patients lose weight naturally or through the help of weight-loss surgery. Weight-loss is known to rid of symptoms related to obstructive sleep apnea in some patients, however people of normal weight and body mass index can suffer from sleep apnea too, so weight loss is not a cure-all.
Book a Sleep Apnea Consultation
If you think that you might have sleep apnea, or you know that you do, and your past efforts of sleep apnea treatment haven’t been successful, it very important that you find a sleep apnea treatment that works for you. For sleep apnea treatment in Fresno that you can depend on, call Dr. Blair’s dentistry office at (559) 431-4488 or set up an appointment online. She will be able to provide you with the treatment you need to relieve your sleep apnea symptoms as well as to treat the real problem at hand. Call or email us with any questions that you may have.