What Is the Main Treatment for Sleep Apnea?

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is an issue that many people suffer from, and oftentimes they don’t even know they have it.

If you’ve been having restless sleep, you wake up feeling tired, you have trouble staying asleep, your partner complains about you snoring, and/or you wake up with headaches in the morning, there is the chance that you are suffering from sleep apnea.

But what is sleep apnea? How do you know if you have it? And what treatment options are available? Below is more information about sleep apnea and the main treatment for sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a condition in which a patient momentarily stops breathing when they are sleeping. This can happen nightly and may occur for a few seconds at a time. Some sufferers have episodes every hour!

Generally, patients will experience sleep apnea when they are sleeping on their back. During their sleep, the throat muscles relax, and the lower jaw of the patient falls backward. This ends up closing off the airway and causes trouble breathing. While for most people the muscles are strong enough to avoid this happening, for others this isn’t the case.

The brain of a sleep apnea sufferer will realize breathing has stopped and will send messages to the body to cough. Over time, the drops in oxygen levels can lead to long-term cell damage.

How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?

There are a few things you’ll want to look out for to see if you have sleep apnea. One of the most common is loud snoring. Beyond that, there is irritability, lethargy, fatigue, depression, headaches, and more. If you are experiencing any of these issues, reach out to a specialist so they can diagnose the issue.

Sleep Apnea Treatments

There are a few treatments for sleep apnea your doctor may consider. These include:


CPAP is among the most common treatment methods for sleep apnea. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A CPAP machine helps by delivering air pressure through a mask. This air pressure helps to keep the upper airway passages of a patient open.

While this is an effective and common method, it also has its downsides. Many people find these machines uncomfortable. Still, it is a much better alternative to not getting the sleep you need.

Oral Appliances

Oral appliances are much easier to use and cheaper than CPAP machines. These appliances help to open up the throat and can relieve mild obstruction. This helps to stop snoring in some patients. Speak with your dentist at Smiles in Shelby to see if an oral appliance is the best option.


ASV stands for Adaptive Servo-Ventilation. This is an airflow device that utilizes a computer to better understand your sleeping patterns. When you have trouble breathing, the device uses pressure to normalize your breathing.


If other treatments have failed, you may need surgery to address your sleep apnea. This is a last case scenario and is avoided whenever possible. Some of the surgical options to repair the issue may include jaw repositioning, tissue removal, implants, tissue shrinkage, and other options.

Ultimately, the best choice is between you and your doctor/dentist.

Take Our Sleep Survey!

If you believe you are suffering from sleep apnea, reach out to Smiles in Shelby to take our sleep survey!

The Epworth Survey is a short list of questions asking you about how likely it is for you to fall asleep or doze off during certain times throughout your day. It’s an excellent way to find out easily if you should speak with your dentist about sleep issues and possibly order a lab or at-home sleep test.

For a no-charge sleep appliance consultation, reach out to our office today. We will check to see if an oral appliance is the best choice to resolve your sleep apnea issues.

Other Dentistry Services Provided by Smiles in Shelby

Along with sleep apnea services, Smiles in Shelby provides a variety of other dentistry services. Below are some of the services we provide for our patients:

General Dentistry

Smiles in Shelby provides top general dentistry services for our patients. It is highly recommended that you visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. During this time, your dentist will provide a professional cleaning with specialized equipment. They will also inspect your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine if you have any oral health issues. If they find anything, they will schedule a follow-up to resolve the issue.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Everyone likes having a full, white smile. If your teeth have been chipped, cracked, or stained, you should consider cosmetic dentistry. Smiles in Shelby provides teeth whitening and dental veneers to address your cosmetic issues. We will return your smile to its former glory!

Oral Surgery

If your teeth or jawbone have been damaged, you may need oral surgery. Smiles in Shelby offers extractions and jawbone grafting. We also offer surgical extraction for those with emerging wisdom teeth. If you need additional bone tissue for a dental implant, we can provide you with the jawbone grafting services you need.


Whether you are looking for Six Month Smiles or traditional braces, Smiles in Shelby is here to help. We provide excellent orthodontics services that will straighten your teeth, eliminate crowding issues, and more.


Along with the excellent services above, we provide a variety of other oral healthcare services. These include laser dentistry, dental implants, sedation dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and more. If you have any questions about the dental services we provide and whether we can help you with your oral health issue, reach out to the team at Smiles in Shelby. We will provide you with more information about the services we offer.

Reach Out Today!

If you have the symptoms of sleep apnea or you would like any other dental service, reach out to Smiles in Shelby today. We’d be happy to help you with your dentistry needs!

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