Treatments for Sleep Apnea - Dr. Schendel - Palo Alto, CA
Hi, I'm Stephen Schendel. I'm board certified in Plastic and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and have been in practice for over 30 years. What are some of the treatments for sleep apnea? The first and what we call the gold standard is CPAP. This is where you wear a mask at night which will give you oxygen or air under pressure, and alleviate the symptoms and cause of obstructive sleep apnea.
Sometimes if your sleep apnea is not that severe you can wear a dental splint which will position your jaw forward. In many cases surgery is also indicated, and there are several surgical procedures that we do to help snoring or decrease snoring, but also open up your airway permanently. This is really important for people that can't wear CPAP. About 48 to 49% of the individuals on CPAP don't wear it on a regular basis, so it's not doing them any good, and they really can't tolerate it.
Those individuals need to have some other treatment. Surgery is the main treatment to relieve the obstructive problem and sleep apnea. This is not a condition that you can ignore and not treat.
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