At Bowie Dental Sleep Center, we focus on providing conservative, non-invasive sleep apnea treatments to help protect the overall wellbeing of our patients. Dr. Gary Ludka will carefully develop a personalized treatment plan by analyzing your symptoms and — if available — the results of a past sleep study. Typically, he will treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with a custom oral appliance.
Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances
We offer several types of oral appliances, and Dr. Ludka will carefully select the right one based on your unique needs. These devices are designed to reposition the lower jaw and tongue, gently pushing them forward to help airways remain open. Dr. Ludka will monitor your progress at three-week checkups, and he can adjust the appliance as needed.
Treatment with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is the traditional form of sleep apnea treatment. Patients who opt for CPAP will receive a mask that will fit over the mouth and nose. The CPAP machine will send a steady stream of air through the mask to help prevent soft tissues from blocking the airway.
Surgical Sleep Apnea Treatment
In cases of severe sleep apnea, surgery may be the best course of treatment. There are a number of techniques available, ranging from soft tissue removal to jaw repositioning. If Dr. Ludka believes you are best-suited for surgery, he will discuss your options and refer you to a specialist in the area.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Snoring is one of the most common and apparent symptoms of sleep apnea. Other symptoms include irritability, daytime fatigue, and other signs of sleep deprivation. Dr. Ludka can carefully analyze your symptoms to determine if you are suffering from sleep apnea.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is most commonly caused by the collapse of the soft tissues of the throat during sleep, which blocks the airways and obstructs breathing. This results in hundreds of brief awakenings throughout the night. Dr. Ludka can identify the cause of your symptoms and prescribe appropriate treatment.
The TAP® appliance is a custom mouthpiece designed to gently reposition the jaw, preventing soft tissues of the throat from obstructing the airways. This comfortable device can help you to achieve the restful sleep you need. Patients find it is easy to become used to wearing it during sleep.
SomnoDent® is a fully customized mouthpiece designed to help obstructive sleep apnea sufferers achieve quality sleep. It is durable, easily adjustable, and supremely comfortable, making it a very popular sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Ludka can determine if SomnoDent® is right for you.