Sleep Apnea Treatment in San Antonio

Dr. Perry and his team’s primary goal is the health and well-being of their patients. We want to be your resource and advocate for treating your snoring and sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that results from having inconsistent breathing while sleeping. This reduces the quality of sleep and lowers the oxygen levels in the body, which can lead to health and mental issues over time.

Dr. Perry also has sleep apnea, so he has a firsthand understanding of the physical and mental impacts that snoring and sleep apnea present. Dr. Perry has also managed and treated hundreds of patients with sleep apnea.

Are There Different Types of Sleep Apnea?

The most common form of sleep apnea is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which occurs due to a physical blockage — usually the collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat. Another form is called central sleep apnea (CSA), in which breathing stops because the muscles involved don’t receive the proper signals from the brain. Some people suffer from “mixed” or “complex” sleep apnea, which is a combination of the two.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Modalities

There are two excellent modalities for sleep apnea treatment: continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and a dental mandibular repositioning device (MRD). Dr. Perry supports both therapies and suggests that all of his patients have both modalities on hand for treatment in order to rotate between therapies and mitigate any negative side effects that one may present.

What is CPAP?

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) was developed in the early 1980’s and was the first viable solution for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). CPAP treatment consists of a pump that delivers positive air pressure to a mask that is fitted over the nose or the mouth. The air pressure is adjusted until the airway is opened.

CPAP Alternative: Mandibular Repositioning Devices (MRD)

The key element in successfully treating sleep apnea is opening the airway. The airway commonly becomes lax while sleeping, and negative pressure is created upon inhalation, which causes it to collapse. During the day, the muscles that line the airway provide ample support and keep it open.

The other contributing factor for sleep apnea is the tongue, which can physically block the opening of the airway. The tongue is a large muscle that fills the entire lower jaw (the mandible) and originates from deep within the throat.

The mandibular repositioning device (MRD) gently moves the lower jaw forward, physically bringing the tongue forward so that it doesn’t fall back and block the airway. It also supports the muscles that line the airway by spatially widening the airway itself, resulting in a much wider airway and continuous flow of oxygen.

Contact Perry Dental Health for more Information

Dr. Perry understands, first-hand, how the management of sleep apnea can improve one’s quality of life.

Call Perry Dental Health in San Antonio today at (210) 377-3779 and learn more about your sleep apnea treatment options.

  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Waking up at night short of breath
  • Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
  • Extreme drowsiness throughout the day

The Facts on Snoring and Sleep Apnea:

One in two adults snore
One in four adults has sleep apnea
Fewer than 10% have been diagnosed

Risk factors and treatments

Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in males than females, and more common in older adults (40+) than younger adults and children. However, anyone — regardless of gender or age — can suffer from sleep apnea. Other risk factors include obesity, smoking, drinking, use of sedatives or tranquilizers, and family history. Central sleep apnea strikes most often in people with heart disorders, neuromuscular disorders, strokes, or brain tumors.

 

Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical problem. If left untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure and increased risk of heart failure and stroke. The ongoing state of fatigue caused by sleep apnea can lead to problems at work or school, as well as danger when driving or operating heavy machinery. Sleep apnea can also cause complications with medication or surgery: sedation by anesthesia can be risky, as can lying flat in bed after an operation. If you know or suspect you suffer from sleep apnea, let your family doctor know before you take prescription medication or undergo surgery.

 

Treatments for sleep apnea depend on the severity of each individual case, and the type of apnea. Treatment options include Dental Device Therapy, CPAP, surgery, positional therapy, and weight loss.

 

Contact our practice. Dr. Perry can discuss which therapy is best for your situation. A sleep study is necessary to determine the severity of apnea or snoring. If a dental device is determined to be most effective method of treatment, one can be custom-fabricated for you.

If you or a family member have sleep apnea, and cannot tolerate the use of the CPAP machine, a dental device may be the preferred treatment. Learn more about the CPAP Alternatives available at Perry Dental Health in San Antonio, or make an appointment with Dr. Perry by calling (210) 714-1374 today.

 

FAQ

Sleep Questionnaire — Should You See A Specialist?
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just tired?
Use this scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:

0 = no chance of dozing

1 = slight chance of dozing

2 = moderate chance of dozing

3 = high chance of dozing

Situation
text
Sitting and Reading
Watching TV
As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break
Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit
Sitting and talking to someone
Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol
In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic
Total
Chance of dozing
3
2
1
0

Evaluating Your Sleepiness Score

1 – 6: Congratulations, you are getting enough sleep!

7 – 8: Your score is average

9 and up: Seek the advice of a sleep specialist without delay

Don’t suffer from sleep apnea any longer! Call the Perry Dental Health office today at (210) 714-1374.

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