Sleep Apnea Treatment

Effectively Treating Sleep Apnea

We know from first-hand experience that each patient is unique and will benefit most from different treatments. Whether using CPAP or oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea, our team will find the right treatment with a personalized treatment plan.

Treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) requires a multidisciplinary team. This means working with a physician to diagnose and prescribe oral appliance therapy and working with trained and certified dentists, such as those at Sleep Health Partners, to treat the condition.

Here are the primary options for treating sleep apnea.

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Oral Appliance Therapy

Our team at Sleep Health Partners focuses on oral appliance therapy. This treatment option uses a dental approach to treating sleep apnea with oral devices. The oral appliance holds your lower jaw forward thereby opening and maintaining the airway so you can breathe properly, addressing sleep apnea symptoms right at the cause. These devices are custom-made based on your anatomy and design specifications prescribed by our dental sleep expert. These devices do not require loud machines or masks and are easy to travel with and wear consistently.

Our team uses oral appliances from Panthera Sleep. These industry-leading devices are engineered with the newest technologies and offer comfort, simplicity, durability, and easy adjustments to achieve the most effective treatment settings.

CPAP or PAP Therapy

Many patients are familiar with CPAP, and for good reason. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is considered the gold standard treatment for OSA. This non-invasive approach involves using a machine that delivers a constant stream of air through a mask, preventing airway collapse during sleep.

CPAP effectively eliminates pauses in breathing, reduces snoring, and improves oxygen levels. However, some patients struggle with their CPAP due to discomfort, noise, or issues with travel.

Our team is highly trained and has years of experience delivering alternative treatment options such as oral appliance therapy.

Laser Treatments

We offer cutting-edge laser treatments as a part of our comprehensive approach to managing snoring and OSA. Laser snoring treatment utilizes advanced laser technology to address the root causes of these sleep disorders.

Laser Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The primary goal of laser treatments is to reduce and possibly eliminate snoring. We apply controlled laser energy to the soft palate and throat tissues, causing a tightening effect that helps keep the airway open during sleep. However, in our experience, the severity of OSA can also be reduced by up to 10-20 percent. We apply controlled laser energy to the soft palate and throat tissues, causing a tightening effect that helps keep the airway open during sleep. Patients can also experience a reduction in the frequency and intensity of apneic events, leading to improved sleep quality and overall health.

Laser Treatments for Snoring

Similar to its application in OSA, laser treatment for snoring focuses on the soft palate and surrounding throat tissues. The laser energy gently tightens and stiffens the tissues, reducing their vibration during breathing and thus decreasing the loudness and frequency of snoring. The procedure is typically quick, comfortable, and minimally invasive, with most patients reporting only a slight warming sensation.

Minimally Invasive

Unlike surgical options, this laser treatment is non-invasive without incisions or suturing.

Quick and Convenient

Procedures are usually as fast as 10 minutes, performed in an outpatient setting, and require no numbing.

Minimal Downtime

Patients can often return to normal activities shortly after the treatment.

Minimal Pain

Most patients report little to no pain. A slight warming sensation is noted during the procedure and a feeling of a scratchy or sore throat is reported for the first day or two. 

Improved Sleep Quality

Laser treatments can significantly enhance sleep quality by effectively addressing the physical causes of snoring and OSA.

Customized Care

Each treatment plan is tailored to the individual’s needs, ensuring optimal outcomes.

FAQ for Laser Snoring Therapy

Does It Hurt?
During the procedure, you may experience tingling and a warming sensation. Your throat may feel scratchy for a day or two, similar to the start of a cold. Most people report everything feels normal by the next day.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Everyone’s physiology is unique, and the response to therapy can vary. Generally speaking, most people need about 3 sessions.

Age 30+: 2 or 3 sessions
Age 40+: 3 sessions
Age 50+: 4 sessions

How Does Laser Snoring Therapy (QuietNite) Work?

Laser energy tightens the soft palate tissue by contracting the existing collagen, then stimulates the production of new collagen to decrease soft palate laxity. Snoring is reduced or eliminated by preventing the soft palate from vibrating, the source of the noise of snoring.

What Are The Effects Of Treatment?
The soft palate tightens during the first 7 days. Collagen production begins next, and peak production is reached on day 21.

This stage (days 21-28) is the best time for the next session.

One touch-up treatment session is recommended every 12-18 months to help keep the snoring at bay.

Some people report a change in the tone of their voice. A better timber and richer, fuller sound are noted in the first few days after treatment. After that, the perception goes away.

How Will I Know If The Treatment Is Working?

Your bed partner will likely have told you they are now able to sleep through the night. Some people have such good results that their spouses have checked to verify the person is still breathing because they breathe so quietly now.

We recommend using apps such as SnoreLab for before and after treatment monitoring. In addition, if the pre-treatment sleep study showed Obstructive Sleep Apnea, we will ask for a post-treatment sleep study.

Are There Any Potential Complications Or Side Effects?
The risks of side effects or complications are very, very small. One positive side effect is the shrinkage and disinfection of the tonsils, increasing the airway volume and making breathing easier.
Is The Treatment Safe For Kids?

Yes! Since there is minimal to no risk of adverse events, it works as well in kids as it does for adults. Treatment can also temporarily shrink the tonsils, which may allow avoiding surgery to remove them if mouth breathing is stopped and the airway volume is increased via proper tongue position, palate expansion, and forward growth.

Why Is A Sleep Test Necessary?

While snoring disturbs sleep by itself, it is also very common in people with obstructive sleep apnea. If you have been told you stop breathing in your sleep or wake up gasping or choking for air, you likely have sleep apnea. The only way to confirm diagnosis of sleep apnea is with a sleep test.

We can supply you with a easy to use, take home testing system. No need to spend the night in a sleep lab!

Does The Laser Snoring Therapy Sleep Apnea?
Laser Snoring Theapy (LST) has been shown to improve sleep quality by greatly reducing or eliminating snoring and may reduce the apnea score by up to 20% in cases of mild to moderate sleep apnea. However, LST is not intended as stand alone sleep apnea treatment.
What If I Also Have Sleep Apnea?

Since snoring is a key component of sleep apnea, treating snoring may be sufficient to alleviate mild sleep apnea. For cases of moderate and severe sleep apnea Sleep Health Partners can help you avoid CPAP with custom fabricated Oral Appliance Therapy.

Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM)

Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM) bridges dentistry and sleep medicine, offering critical solutions for sleep-related breathing disorders like OSA and snoring. In DSM, specially trained dentists like ours at Sleep Health Partners utilize custom-fitted oral appliances and laser treatments as a comfortable and effective alternative to traditional CPAP therapy or other snoring treatments. We partner with physicians who diagnose sleep apnea, while our process uses a dentist trained in sleep medicine to provide the treatment.

 

This approach improves sleep quality and overall health for patients and offers a user-friendly and less intrusive option compared to other treatments, enhancing patient compliance and satisfaction.