Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

by Denise Wagner on June 3, 2013

Common types of oral appliances are mandibular repositioning and tongue retaining devices. Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) are designed to hold the lower jaw and tongue slightly forward to have more space to breathe. These devices improve airflow and reduce snoring. To see an example of this type of oral device, refer to our Zquiet review.

Tongue retaining appliances, on the other hand, keeps your tongue from falling back which causes blockage to the airway. These devices that hold and stabilize the tongue are also effective in reducing snoring. An example is Good Morning Snore Solution which is an FDA-approved device and also cleared by several regulating bodies signifying that it is safe and effective form of treatment. See how it works from our reviw onĀ Good Morning Snore Solution.

Although comparatively more comfortable than CPAP machines, using oral devices can take an adjustment period and you may experience soreness, saliva build-up, and nausea depending on the design and materials they are made of.

Many oral devices are not suitable for people with dentures. Some require to be fitted by a dentist or a regular dental visit to ensure the devices fit better. Conversely, different brands employ unique features and technology so there are plenty of options to choose from.

Surgery

Your doctor may recommend surgery if you have already exhausted all other sleep apnea treatment options. Removing the tonsils, adenoids, or excess tissue at the back of the throat or inside the nose could be done or a reconstruction of the jaw to enlarge the upper airway.

While surgery can increase the airway passages which will definitely reduce apnea episodes, it can lead to complications and infections which may end up making the condition even worse.

If you or your partner suspects that you have sleep apnea, it is highly recommended to consult your doctor first. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that maybe caused by other medical condition hence it is only best to seek professional advice.

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