- Is sleep apnea the same as snoring?
Snoring occurs when the soft palate vibrates due to the airway being moderately blocked. Although snoring is a symptom that is experienced by the vast majority of sleep apnea sufferers, the latter is only identified when oxygen intake is disrupted. Pauses in breathing would point toward sleep apnea, regardless of whether or not snoring occurs. Unfortunately, identifying sleep disorders is only possible when the patient takes part in a sleep study. This method of diagnosis is overseen by a sleep physician who specializes in the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring.
- What are the most common symptoms of sleep apnea?
Excess weight, acid reflux, snoring, bruxism (teeth grinding), high blood pressure, acid reflux and nasal/airway abnormalities are some of the most common signs of sleep apnea.
- Why should I treat sleep apnea?
Treating sleep apnea effectively can help you sleep better and ultimately improve your health and quality of life.
- What are the treatment options for sleep apnea?
Common treatment options for sleep apnea include CPAP therapy and oral appliance therapy. Patients that are CPAP intolerant find oral appliance therapy a more comfortable treatment solution. However, Dr. Suway will take all potential contributing factors and comorbidities into account when recommending treatment options.
- Is sleep apnea treatment covered by health insurance?
If you have taken part in a recent sleep study and received a diagnosis of sleep apnea, your health insurance may cover treatment.
- What is involved in oral appliance therapy?
The purpose of an oral appliance is to open the airway so that breathing is improved. These appliances are specially designed to hold the lower jaw in a position that allows effective oxygen intake. Treatment is highly effective, providing patients with relief from disrupted breathing during sleeping hours.
- Where can I receive a sleep apnea consultation in Georgia?
The Atlanta Sleep Apnea Treatment Center provides treatment of sleep breathing disorders, including sleep apnea, snoring and teeth grinding. Contact Dr. Suway, a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), to book a consultation today.