How To Treat Your Obstructive Sleep Apnea Condition
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized as a sleep disorder in which the airways and muscles in and around your throat constrict and contract themselves cutting off any air supply. This serious condition often shows symptoms of poor sleep, heavy snoring, headaches upon awakening, daytime sleepiness, and also altered memories or a certain extent of memory loss during the day.
The treatments available today have been possible due to specialists from different disciplines in medicine coming up with a comprehensive solution for OSA that is detailed below.
Studies that have been conducted regarding the OSA condition show that an individual’s diet can play a part in the management of the disorder. Individuals that are obese or even overweight are more likely to experience aggravated symptoms and conditions for long. By following a specific diet prescribed by your doctor, you can reduce the severity of the disorder and also experience a certain extent of relief. It can also help when receiving other more effective types of treatments which can provide even better results.
Using A CPAP Mask
A CPAP mask also known as Continuous Positive Pressure Ventilator mask is a perfect solution for all individuals experiencing OSA at varying intensities and severity. This equipment is strapped on to the face and helps the individual breathe better at night by regulating the pressured air that the lungs breathe throughout the night.
It is seen as one of the most effective treatments for this syndrome and provides a great amount of relief for patients. Depending on your condition and other factors that can further affect it, your oral surgeon can suggest the best fit method of treatment for you.
Wearing An MOA Device
An MOA device is a Mandibular Advancement Orthosis treatment that is a piece of equipment worn at night to help your OSA condition improve. It is worn between the teeth and moves the lower jaw forward, allowing for more space to be available for the airways given that the tongue moves forward too. This form of treatment is prescribed to those individuals that are experiencing a mild or moderate level of the syndrome.
If none of the other treatment options have worked out well for you, your doctor will recommend undergoing a Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery. This treatment has been proven to work the most out of all other options as the airways are altered to make more space at both rest as well as during sleep. A maxillofacial surgeon can be the perfect person to consult to know if this is a right fit treatment plan for you.
For this surgery, you will be given general anesthesia so that no pain is experienced during the procedure. It is expected to take one to three days of hospital stay to have sufficient time for the surgery, aftercare and supervision to be given to you. After that, you will be expected to rest for a minimum of two weeks and therefore it would be advised to make all the necessary arrangements in advance.
Your jaw will be repositioned in the surgery with the use of titanium plates that will be inserted in your mouth and removed after nearly six months upon approval from your doctor. No scars will be retained on the outside and all threads will dissolve and disappear with time inside your mouth. This permanent solution is sure to provide you a greater extent of relief and cure you of your OSA condition completely.
To gain a better understanding of the extent of your obstructive sleep apnea, making an appointment with your oral surgeon or our maxillofacial surgeon is advised. This way, they can recommend the best fit treatment for you and create a plan to follow. To get in touch with such experts, our team at The Dome MedDental Clinic can be of optimal help for you. Book a consultation today by contacting our team.