Surgery for sleep apnea?

I have finally decided to have my sleep apnea treated, because I have been diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea. I have been looking into the surgery options. The one I’m considering is the mandibular advancement. It just sounds so painful, I mean they literally break your jaw and move it forward. Yikes! Do you know how successful it is or if I have any other options?

– Jim in Maryland

Jim,

Many physicians recommend surgery to solve sleep apnea but many patients complain about pain and discomfort afterwards. Not to mention, it is an expensive procedure. The CPAP is another option that comes recommended by physicians. The CPAP breathing machine involves wearing a mask while you sleep that provides oxygen. Patients complain about how loud the machine can be and how uncomfortable it is to sleep with.

There are also many dental appliances that can correct sleep apnea. One popular line of products is the SomnoMed dental appliance. This is a non-surgical treatment and simply involves wearing a mouthpiece while you sleep. Your jaw is gently moved into the correct position so the airway remains open and prevents or cuts down drastically on snoring. It is completely safe and is gaining popularity as a solution for sleep apnea.

You will need to get a prescription from your doctor and then meet with a dentist to be fitted for the dental appliance. So to answer your questions, yes, there is an effective way to treat sleep apnea that does not involve surgery. With a little research, you should be able to find a dentist near you.

Hopefully this answered your question.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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