Those affected by sleep apnea often experience a diminished quality of living due to lack of restful, restorative sleep. The condition is characterized by frequent sessions of interrupted breathing, typically for 10 seconds or longer and multiple times throughout the night.
Having sleep apnea places the individual at significant risk of experiencing negative physical consequences in addition to interpersonal and professional difficulties. Once the sleep disorder is identified and properly diagnosed, appropriate sleep apnea treatment or alternative solutions can be employed.
Sleep apnea treatment options are recommended based on the severity of the condition and the extent of its secondary effects. Patients suffering from the disorder may undergo one or more of the following diagnostic and sleep apnea treatment options:
Other treatment considerations may include implementing lifestyle changes to reduce sleep apnea risk factors and treating conditions that may be contributing to the sleep disorder.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a condition often associated with sleep apnea. In certain cases, treating such conditions may help to more effectively manage the sleep disorder and its impact on the patient. TMD treatment solutions may include:
TMD may precipitate the onset of sleep apnea, or develop as a result of the sleep disorder. In either case, receiving a diagnosis and treating both TMD and sleep apnea are important to preserving both oral and systemic health.
Whether treatment protocols include oral appliance therapy, a CPAP machine, treating TMD or simply making lifestyle changes, adhering and committing to the recommendations of the specialist is vital to improving your quality of life. To learn more about diagnosing sleep apnea and TMD or receive additional information about treatment options, contact your dentist for a consultation today.
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