Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder estimated to affect 10 percent of the population. Associated with disrupted sleep, the condition can drastically reduce your quality of life, resulting in fatigue, poor concentration, and decreased productivity. For sleep apnea treatment in Independence, OH, schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas Bilski. Depending upon the extent of your symptoms, Dr. Bilski may recommend lifestyle changes such as weight loss or smoking cessation, which are associated with increased risk of sleep apnea, or one of the following treatments:
- Sleep apnea mouthpiece
- Anti-snoring cushion
- A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device
- Surgical options
Available Sleep Apnea Treatment in Independence, OH
Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece
Sleep apnea occurs when there is an obstruction of the airway, usually due to the soft tissue of the throat. A sleep apnea mouthpiece is worn over the teeth, like a nightguard, and can position the teeth, tongue, and jaw in a way that prevents obstruction. Dr. Bilski may initially recommend a sleep apnea mouthpiece due to its effectiveness and non-invasive nature.
With this method, a small cushion is worn on your back to dissuade you from sleeping in positions that encourage airway obstruction. This may be used in conjunction with a sleep apnea mouthpiece.
A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Device
A CPAP device is designed to provide continuous air to the throat as a means of keeping the airway open while you sleep. Air is delivered via a mask that is worn over the nose.
Sleep apnea can be effectively treated with a surgical procedure, known as Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP). With this treatment, areas of the uvula as well as the soft palate are removed to clear the airway. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a more extensive procedure that may be recommended in some cases of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Somnoplasty, a radio frequency treatment, can also help to relieve snoring.
You no longer need to suffer from the effects of sleep apnea. To begin your treatment for this debilitating disorder, contact Dr. Bilski today for your consultation in Independence, OH.