Dr. Solly Answers Common Sleep Apnea Questions
If you suspect you’re suffering from sleep apnea you probably have a lot of questions. Dr. Solly has provided answers to some of the most common questions he hears from patients at his Powell, TN practice. If you don’t find an answer to your question here, don’t hesitate to contact our office.
How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?
If you snore heavily, wake up feeling exhausted, or experience extreme daytime fatigue, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. At Michael J. Solly, DDS, we offer take-home sleep monitors to identify this common sleep disorder. The next step is an evaluation by a general physician or sleep specialist to receive a diagnosis of sleep apnea before treatment can begin. If it’s determined that your symptoms are being caused by sleep apnea, you can be referred to Dr. Solly for treatment
I Snore, Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
Although snoring often develops as a result of existing sleep apnea, it doesn’t always signal a sleep disorder. Snoring can also occur due to your age, sleep position, lack of sleep, use of certain medications, and the consumption of alcohol, especially right before bed. If you’re concerned about your snoring, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your symptoms. Your doctor may recommend that you undergo a sleep study to determine if your snoring is being caused by sleep apnea.
What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway while sleeping, but there are many reasons that can lead to this condition. Medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes can play a role in the development of sleep apnea, as well as genetics and the shape and size of your jaw and airway. Factors such as obesity, being overweight, smoking, or excessive drinking can also affect the severity of sleep apnea symptoms.
Will My Sleep Apnea Go Away Without Treatment?
Unfortunately, no. While some people may be able to decrease sleep apnea symptoms by either losing weight, quitting smoking, or avoiding alcohol consumption before bed, it’s still vitally important to seek professional treatment for this sleep disorder. Failing to treat sleep apnea can lead to serious health risks and even death. Take action now. Seeking a professional diagnosis and proper treatment while adopting a healthy lifestyle as part of a comprehensive sleep apnea treatment plan will help protect your health and improve your quality of life.
What Are My Treatment Options?
While CPAP may be the most well-known sleep apnea treatment option, many people find that a custom oral appliance is not only a more convenient choice but it’s just as effective. These devices keep your airway clear, allowing you to breathe freely throughout the night and therefore, help you get better sleep. Dr. Solly offers several types of oral appliances at his practice in Powell, TN. Schedule an appointment today to learn all about your sleep apnea treatment options.
Can you treat children for sleep apnea?
Yes. However, children with sleep apnea symptoms are often misdiagnosed as having ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or other behavioral problems. This can lead to treatments that don’t target the real cause of their symptoms. Therefore, it’s critical that your child gets an accurate sleep apnea diagnosis so they can get the right treatment.
Once your child has a diagnosis of sleep apnea it can be treated in several ways, depending on their age. Children who are still growing may benefit from orthodontic treatments to expand the roof of the mouth. While sleep apnea in older children whose jaws have stopped growing may be treated with appliance therapy. However, some children may simply benefit from the removal of tonsils or adenoids. You can learn more about how children with sleep apnea are treated by visiting our children and sleep apnea page, visiting HealthyStart.com, or by contacting our office.
How Much Will Sleep Apnea Treatment Cost?
The cost of your sleep apnea treatment will depend on several factors, including the type of oral appliance Dr. Solly recommends. The only way to know for sure how much your sleep apnea treatment will cost is to visit us for a consultation.
How Can I Pay for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
At Michael J. Solly DDS, we are happy to provide several financing and payment options to help make sleep apnea treatment affordable. We offer financing plans through CareCredit®, many with no interest and low monthly payments. We also accept most traditional insurance plans and will help maximize your benefits. To learn more about your financing options, contact our office to speak with one of our team members.