Sleep Apnea Treatments in Silver Spring, MD
Effective Sleep Apnea Treatment With Our Silver Spring Sleep Dentist
At Silver Spring Sleep Solutions, our sleep dentist Dr. Bassford provides patients with effective personalized sleep apnea treatments to meet their needs. As a professional recognized by the Academy of Sleep Medicine, Dr. Bassford has helped countless patients put an end to their sleep apnea symptoms and helped them achieve restful nights. To schedule your first sleep consultation, call our office at (301) 593-5500.
CPAP Isn’t Your Only Treatment Option
Many patients suffering from sleep apnea have tried CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines but have stopped using them due to being too loud, uncomfortable, and bulky. A CPAP machine delivers a constant stream of warm air into the airway through a mask that’s worn over the patient’s face. It requires you to sleep on your back all night long, and it has to be removed and reattached if you want to get up during the night for any reason. According to Kaiser Health News, “as many as 50% of patients stop using the device.”
Oral Appliance Therapy
Dr. Bassford features effective alternatives for patients who aren’t satisfied with their CPAP machine. With oral appliance therapy, patients can achieve restful sleep without the added noise and an uncomfortable mask. Oral appliance therapy is a custom device designed to keep the airway open by holding the lower jaw and base of the tongue forward.
Unlike CPAP, an oral appliance is small and it doesn’t require a power source, so you can easily take it anywhere. The device is easy to maintain, while a CPAP machine requires extensive cleaning regularly to eliminate harmful mold and bacteria. An oral appliance also allows you to sleep in any position.
Additional Sleep Apnea Treatments
CPAP and oral appliances aren’t your only treatment options. There are various lifestyle changes you can make to lessen the severity of your sleep apnea symptoms. For example, losing weight will relieve pressure on the tissue that’s blocking the airway. Quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol consumption, especially right before bed, may lessen the intensity of your symptoms.
Patients are most likely to have sleep apnea episodes when sleeping on their backs. Strategies that work to prevent patients from sleeping on their backs are referred to as positional therapy. In some cases, surgery is recommended to remove the excess tissue — but Dr. Bassford makes every effort to treat our patients using less invasive therapies.
Our sleep dentist may also recommend mouth and throat exercises for your sleep apnea case. These exercises are simple to perform and help build muscle around the throat.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best treatment for sleep apnea?
The best treatment for sleep apnea will be dependent on your case. While CPAP is widely recognized as the top treatment for sleep apnea, not everyone finds the machine to their liking and stops use. Some patients may find that an oral appliance is the best treatment option as it’s small, quiet, and easy to use.
To find out which treatment option will work best for your sleep apnea symptoms, call our Silver Spring office at (301) 593-5500 to schedule your appointment.
Is sleep apnea dangerous?
No matter the severity of your sleep apnea, it always poses a bit of a danger to your health when left untreated. Treatment can help to immediately reduce your risk of developing further health conditions, including heart conditions and diabetes. Our Silver Spring sleep dentist will work with you to create your custom treatment plan and help alleviate your symptoms.
How much does sleep apnea treatment cost?
The cost of your sleep apnea treatment will depend on various factors. Your total cost is influenced by the type of treatment you receive and your insurance coverage. At your initial consultation, Dr. Bassford will break down the expenses. We recommend contacting your provider to ensure that they provide coverage for sleep apnea treatment.
If you have any questions about costs, please contact our Silver Spring office at (301) 593-5500.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
Don’t live with unbearable sleep apnea symptoms any longer. At Silver Spring Sleep Solutions, Dr. Bassford will help you find the perfect sleep apnea treatment. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with our Silver Spring sleep dentist, call our office today at (301) 593-5500. You can also request more information by filling out our online contact form.