Treating Sleep Apnea
Not everyone experiences the same degree of sleep apnea disorder which is why Dr. Farnad has an individualistic approach to treatment and care. There are some general changes the patient can make to decrease their sleep apnea symptoms. However, if these modifications do not work then Dr. Farnad can create a treatment plan to affectively treat and manage sleep apnea.
Some lifestyle changes include:
Sleeping on your side, instead of on your back
Refraining from using sleeping pills
When these lifestyle modifications do not decrease sleep apnea symptoms the doctor can create an oral device that is worn while sleeping. Dr. Farnad’s expertise in sleep apnea and jaw disorders gives him greater insight into creating a dental device to appropriately open the airway.
If a patient has more severe sleep apnea, Dr. Farnad can prescribe a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure devices (CPAP). The CPAP is the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Farnad works with best CPAP companies to ensure our patients have the best care and device. This appliance is worn like a mask and has a machine that measures and delivers the appropriate amount of air into the nose, allowing regular airflow.
For patients that do not want to use a CPAP device or do not like using their CPAP, or for those with an overbite, or small lower jaw, Dr. Farnad can correct sleep apnea through surgery. This procedure brings the jaw forward, which is often aesthetically pleasing to the patient, and removes obstructions that create sleep apnea.