If you have yet to receive a diagnosis from a professional MD or DDS, then we strongly urge you to perform the necessary tests that help doctors determine whether or not a patient is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and the severity of the disorder:
- Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT)
- Polysomnography (PSG)
Treatment Options for Mild to Moderate Sleep Apnea in Chula Vista
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) states that oral appliances are the first line of treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Risos currently offers the following treatment options to patients who have been diagnoses with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Often times, lifestyle changes will dramatically help symptoms, especially when combined with custom oral devices/appliances. Lifestyle changes often include changes to your diet in an effort to reduce your weight, avoiding the use of drugs and alcohol that may relax the muscles of the throat, as well as recommendations made to improve your sleeping position which may include custom made pillows. Lying on your back often worsens snoring.
Custom Oral Devices/Appliances
Dr. Risos may fit you with a custom fabricated oral device or oral appliance that is made to specifically assist in improving your sleep apnea symptoms to wear when you sleep. Custom made oral devices are comfortable, non-invasive and in many cases are covered by your medical insurance. They are not to be confused with custom mouth guards.
What if I am Diagnosed with Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
If you have been diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea, then Dr. Risos may recommend you undergo CPAP therapy, which is a popular sleep apnea machine that has provided relief to many patients.
In very severe cases, and when other therapies have not been successful, then surgery may be recommended.
Find Out How Dr. Risos Can Help Improve Your Sleep Apnea
For more information on how Dr. Risos treats obstructive sleep apnea in Chula Vista & San Diego, please call our office @ 619.482.8880 or by .