Sleep Apnea Treatment, San Antonio
Oral Appliance Therapy: an easy and comfortable alternative for Sleep Apnea sufferers
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a sleeping disorder where one experiences pauses, shallowness or infrequency of breath during sleep. This pause in breathing is referred to as an “apnea.” These apneas can last for several seconds, to over a minute and can occur up to 100 times or more per hour, each night.
The person suffering from sleep apnea is rarely aware of this occurence and believes that they are sleeping soundly. Sleep apnea can prevent one from getting the deep sleep that is needed to feel well rested. Sleep apnea can cause severe health conditions as well.
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three types of Sleep Apnea: central, obstructive and mixed – the most common of which is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is characterized by frequent pauses in breathing caused by of an obstruction of the upper airway, and can be accompanied by loud snoring. It can reduce the amount of oxygen that gets absorbed into the blood during sleep, producing effects such as daytime fatigue and sleepiness.
The other two kinds of Sleep Apnea are Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), which occurs when the central nervous system fails to signal the muscles that control breathing; and mixed Sleep Apnea – a combination of OSA and CSA.
Traditionally, Sleep Apnea has been treated using a CPAP machine. The CPAP uses a face mask and a machine that forces the airway open during sleep. Because of the bulkiness of the mask, many people are not able to tolerate CPAP treatment.
Sleep Apnea treatment from an expert
Dr. Liska can treat your snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy – a comfortable alternative to the CPAP that is recommended by the American Academy of Sleep medicine. He also works with physicians and sleep therapists to give you the best treatment possible.
Dr. Liska has attended over 3000 hours of continuning education, nearly 10 times more than the average dentist. Many of these hours of advanced education and training have focused on Sleep Apnea Therapy.
Treating Sleep Apnea
To treat your Sleep Apnea, Dr. Liska will examine the dimensions and function of your air passageways using a device called the Eccovision. The Eccovision rhinometer and pharyngometer permits Dr. Liska to determine the required dimensions of your custom Sleep Apnea appliance more precisely. Even the smallest measurement difference of even millimeters can make a large difference in the overall performance of the oral appliance.
After measuring your airways, Dr. Liska designs a custom oral appliance that takes into account the exact position of the jaw. The appliance is constructed for maximum air flow and a minimum amount of opening or repositioning of the jaw. If an oral appliance isn’t made appropriately, it can cause problems. That’s why Dr. Liska uses his advanced equipment to provide more accurate results.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Our oral appliances are an effective option for treating your snoring and sleep apnea.
Oral appliances are often referred to as Mandibular Advancing Devices (MAD), and effectively moves the tongue, mandible and soft tissues of the throat forward, which widens the airway during sleep. By moving the lower jaw slightly forward, the oral appliance keeps the soft tissues of the throat tight and the airway open.
Dr. Liska has extensive experience in treating Sleep Apnea with oral appliances. He can provide you with an oral appliance to help maximize airflow during sleep, increasing the amount of rest you get each night by preventing the airway from being blocked.
Recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Oral appliances are recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for patients with mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). There are other methods used to prevent Sleep Apnea but oral appliances are often the preferred method due to their ease of use and effectiveness.
Advantages of Oral Appliances:
- Effective for most people diagnosed with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea
- Preferred method over other stypes of Sleep Apnea treatments
- Comfortable fit and easily adjustable
- Substantial research that supports its effectiveness
- Can be fabricated quickly for the patient
- Easier to use than the CPAP
- No surgery required
- Can be adjusted as your condition improves
Free Second Opinion
Dr. Liska will give you his opinion based on 33 years of experience and hundreds of hours of advanced education. He is also one of the few dentists in the area that does oral appliance therapy besides an ENT specialist.
A comfortable, effective alternative to CPAP
A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is the most effective treatment for severe obstructive Sleep Apnea; however, CPAP machines are considered by patients to be intrusive, uncomfortable and often a hassle to use. Up to 60% of CPAP users are unable to use the device on a regular basis. This results in being sleepy throughout the day. In fact, 30% of car accidents are caused by people with Sleep Apnea. There are other health factors related to Sleep Apnea, such as rapid weight gain.
Dr. Liska can fabricate an oral appliance as an alternative to using a CPAP machine, which instead of forcing air through a tube into the patient’s mouth and nose, gently extends the lower jaw and opens the airway. The oral appliance is a much more comfortable, and much less complicated way for the patient to sleep soundly at night. Oral appliances are considered a better approach to treating mild to moderate Sleep Apnea than the CPAP machine as they are easier to use on a regular basis.
Silence your snoring
Is snoring keeping you or your loved one up at night? Dr. Liska can make an oral appliance that silences snoring for more sound sleeping.
What is snoring?
During sleep, the jaw, tongue and throat to relax and reduce the size of the airway. For some, this will cause the throat tissues to vibrate as air is forced through the narrow passage. The resulting sound is snoring, and it can be an indication of Sleep Apnea.
Snoring can be a symptom of Sleep Apnea
Snoring is most often a complaint from a person’s bed partner, but snoring itself can be a sign of the more serious condition of Sleep Apnea. Snoring is the main symptom looked for in diagnosing Sleep Apnea. Other symptoms that a person might have Sleep Apnea and not just be a snorer include unaccounted-for sleepiness.
Sleep Apnea has been linked to other serious illness:
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Kidney disease
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