Sleep Apnea Treatment

Do You Or A Loved One Snore At Night? 

At Federici Dental, we're proud to provide oral screenings and home sleep study referrals to patients in and around Manahawkin, Stafford Township, Barnegat Township and Long Beach Island. For potential or current patients looking for assistance in diagnosing sleep disorders or sleep apnea, Drs. Dave and Joe Federici work closely with your primary care provider and local respiratory pulmonologists if we believe you're a candidate for an at-home sleep study. 

Once we receive your results, we’ll work closey with you to determine the best course of treatment: CPAP (Controlled Positive Airway Pressure) or OAT (Oral Appliance Therapy). Below, you’ll find an overview of all available treatments for sleep apnea, based on the severity of your condition. 

Overview of the Types of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the upper part of the throat – particularly around the soft palate – closes during sleep, obstructing airflow and preventing proper breathing. Sleep apnea ranges from mild to severe, and different patients may have different levels of sleep apnea: for some, OSA is simply a mild annoyance, while for others, it is a severe, debilitating, and even life-threatening condition. 

There are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the throat relax during sleep, causing the throat to partially close and block airflow. In central sleep apnea, however, the brain does not send signals to keep the throat open during sleep. Generally speaking, central sleep apnea is a more severe condition that requires more extensive treatment. 

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) For Treating Sleep Apnea

two oral appliances for treating sleep apnea

The above photo shows our 2 oral appliance options to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea, in place of CPAP Machines. The white appliance is known as a Panthera D-SAD appliance, and is made of a surgical grade nylon that is both stain and bacteria resistant. This appliance is FDA approved, and pending Medicare approval. With proper care, the Panthera D-SAD has a 5 year warranty. 

The blue appliance is called a Somnodent Herbst Advance, which is only approved and covered for Medicare patients. It is made of acrylic, and uses metal hinges to advance the lower jaw. Typically, this appliance has a 3 year warranty. 

OAT works by advancing the lower jaw forward, and in some cases, opening the bite to create more airway space. By moving the lower jaw forward, the appliance can pull the tongue forward, and open the airway behind  it to breathe freely.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machines

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines offer a more powerful form of treatment. These devices use a mask that covers the nose and mouth to push air into the throat, effectively increasing the air pressure in the airway and helping to keep the throat open. CPAP machines are much less convenient, as they require both a mask on the face while sleeping and a secondary device. Overall, CPAP machines offer the best treatment for OSA and can alleviate moderate to severe cases of OSA and central sleep apnea. 

Alternative Treatments

Outside of oral appliances and CPAP machines, there are a number of other methods that may help alleviate sleep apnea. A few alternative methods for treating sleep apnea include:
  • Sleeping on your side (only works for mild sleep apnea)
  • Losing weight
  • Healthy diet
  • Controlling blood pressure
  • Quitting smoking or drinking
  • Surgery (in extreme cases)

Contact Your Local Manahawkin Sleep Apnea Experts!

Sleep apnea can be a debilitating condition, robbing you of the restful sleep you need to be at your very best - but you can trust Federici Dental to get you back on track! If you or your partner if suffering from insomnia, snoring or another symptom that may be related to sleep apnea, we welcome you to contact us today. You can also schedule an appointment online if you prefer. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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