Sleep Apnea & CPAP Alternatives in Sharon, MA
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If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, your waking life and your health have probably suffered as well. You might have tried continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and found that the mask is too uncomfortable or noisy for you to wear at night. Fortunately, Dr. Agamov offers treatment for sleep apnea including CPAP alternatives and surgery. Keep reading to learn more about sleep apnea and how Dr. Agamov can treat it.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder which causes recurring intermittent pauses in your breathing while you sleep. There are three kinds of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common kind. It occurs when the muscles in your throat collapse, constricting your airways and interrupting airflow.
- Central sleep apnea is when your mind fails to send signals to your lungs to breathe.
- Complex sleep apnea is when both central and obstructive sleep apnea are present.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
No matter what form of sleep apnea you’re dealing with, you may have experienced one or more of the following symptoms:
- Daytime tiredness
- Waking up with a dry or sore throat
- Waking up gasping for air
- Memory loss
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Mood and personality changes
Besides these symptoms, sleep apnea can make anesthesia impossible for you to undergo because you’ll have even more trouble breathing while under the influence of the substance. Lack of quality sleep can also lead to impaired decision making and motor control, making you more prone to accidents in your waking life. Additionally, no matter what kind of sleep apnea you’re facing, the health consequences can be devastating.
Health Consequences of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can lead to serious consequences for your mental and physical health, some of which include:
- Heart disease
- Liver problems
- High blood pressure
- Oral cancer
- Type 2 diabetes
- Brain damage
If you’re experiencing any possible sleep apnea symptoms or any of the previously mentioned health problems, call our Sharon office by dialing (781) 784-8435 and schedule an appointment. Dr. Agamov can offer oral appliance therapy and surgery to help alleviate your symptoms and improve your health.
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy involves using a custom made mouthpiece that is worn while you sleep. The mouthpiece fits over your teeth and comfortably holds your jaw open in the proper position. This helps to open your airways so you can breathe while you sleep. Oral appliance therapy is a favored method of sleep apnea treatment because it’s:
- Effective treatment for OSA
- Highly unlikely to cause serious, long-lasting side effects
- Small and compact for easy transportation
Surgical Solutions With Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty
If your sleep apnea is more mild or severe, you may require surgical intervention. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or UPPP is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess tissue in your throat to make the airways wider.
Tissues that may be removed during this procedure include:
- The tonsils and adenoids if they’re still present
- Part of the uvula
- Soft palate (the roof of the mouth) tissues
- Tissues from the sides of the throat
UPPP can be used in combination with oral appliance therapy and any lifestyle changes Dr. Agamov may suggest to increase the efficacy of your treatment. Possible benefits of UPPP include:
- Long term relief
- Eliminates the need for masks or appliances
- May prove effective where other treatments have failed
- Can alleviate snoring that isn’t sleep apnea related
Frequently Asked Questions
Every case of sleep apnea is different, which is why Dr. Agamov will have you undergo an initial consultation and work with you to discover which sleep apnea treatment option is best for you.
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that can actually get worse the longer it goes untreated. We strongly encourage you to call our Sharon office at (781) 784-8435 if you believe you’re experiencing sleep apnea symptoms or possible related health issues.
The exact cost of your sleep apnea treatment will vary based on the factors such as the severity of your case, your chosen treatment options, and your insurance. Since sleep apnea is a chronic condition, it may be covered by your dental and your medical insurance provider. Be sure to call both of your providers and ask them which costs they can cover.
Be on the lookout for any of the symptoms and health issues previously mentioned. Also, be sure to ask family members and bed partners if they hear you snoring and gasping or see you tossing and turning at night.
Call Us About Sleep Apnea Treatment & Improve Your Life
If you believe you may have sleep apnea, it’s vital to your health and wellbeing to receive an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan. Dr. Agamov can fill this need so you can start reaping the benefits of a good night’s sleep. Call our Sharon office at (781) 784-8435 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online and we’ll return your message shortly.