While the snoring from sleep apnea can be disturbing to our sleep partners, its long-term health ramifications are serious for those living with it. High blood pressure, diabetes, enhanced ADHD symptoms, stroke, heart failure, and depression have all been linked in patients living with sleep apnea. While there are multiple options available for treating the condition without medical intervention, they don’t work for everyone. Dr. Piazza works with sleep apnea patients throughout the Naperville, IL, to restore restful sleep and minimize health dangers.
Symptoms and Treatment Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The primary symptom of this condition is snoring resulting from the patient’s airway being blocked, though more serious symptoms can result if it’s left untreated. CPAP machines are the most common treatment method, a special device that produces positive air pressure to maintain an open airway. It’s an effective treatment, but one that can be difficult for some patients to maintain due to difficulty sleeping with it on or removing it in their sleep. In patients for whom CPAP treatment is problematic, there is another option known as Oral Appliance Therapy.
How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Work?
Oral appliance therapy uses a device that resembles a mouth-guard to aid patients while sleeping. These items need to be custom fitted to the patient to properly hold the jaw forward and prevent the collapse of the airway. Oral Appliance Therapy is a great solution for patients who experience struggles with CPAP machines or simply prefer not to use it.
Are There Surgeries To Fix Sleep Apnea?
Patients suffering from severe sleep apnea may benefit from upper airway surgery when more conservative treatments fail to produce results. Sleep apnea surgery can be fairly straightforward and simple, or invasive and complex depending on the nature of the obstruction and what’s causing it. In some cases, parts of the soft palate, tonsils, and throat may need to be removed to produce the desired results. The specifics of the surgery varies from patient to patient.
Who’s At Risk of Experiencing Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea affects a broad range of patients but is especially common in those with a family history of the condition. Small jaws, large tongues and tonsils, and nasal obstructions are all conditions that can be congenital in nature. Patients who suffer from allergies, have a deviated septum or have sinus problems are also at higher risk of this condition. Age plays a factor as well, with patients over 40 experiencing more problems than younger patients, especially when obesity is a concern.
Our office serves the Naperville, IN community from our office at 0 W. Martin Avenue, Ste. 116. If you’ve been experiencing trouble sleeping and are looking for a team that will help you find a solution that works for you, call for an appointment today. You’ll be greeted by our friendly staff and have a consultation scheduled during which Dr. Piazza will look over your oral health and health history, and provide options for moving forward to a sleep apnea free future. Don’t wait for your condition to have serious consequences, call us at 630-357-6400.