Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that results in numerous interruptions in breathing while you sleep. It is important to seek treatment for sleep apnea as soon as possible. Failure to treat the condition can increase your risk of serious health issues such as heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Dr. Michael Negru has more than 15 years of experience treating sleep apnea. He understands the serious health risks associated with this condition, knows how to properly diagnose your issue, and can work with you to devise a customized treatment plan that will help you sleep peacefully through the night.

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, please call (503) 848-3606 today to schedule a consultation with our Beaverton dentist.

Diagnosis and Development of a Treatment Plan

The first step in treating your sleep apnea is to diagnose the cause of your condition. Dr. Negru will spend as much time as necessary during the diagnostic phase in order to arrive at the most effective treatment plan to address your needs. When appropriate, this may include working with a local sleep center.

Once the cause of your sleep apnea has been properly determined, Dr. Negru will create a customized treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms. For mild sleep apnea cases, a series of lifestyle adjustments may be sufficient to help you sleep properly. These may include:

  • Sleeping on your side instead of your back
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Eliminating heavy meals right before bedtime
  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Using an extra pillow to elevate your head and make breathing easier

In cases where your condition is very severe, or if these lifestyle adjustments do not prove effective, Dr. Negru may recommend a sleep apnea device to open up your airway and restore proper breathing.

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Treatment Options for Moderate to Severe Sleep Apnea

Dr. Negru typically recommends one of the following treatment methods for moderate to severe sleep apnea:

  • DNA appliance therapy
  • SomnoMed

DNA appliance therapy is a treatment method that uses a removable appliance worn at night to expand your upper arch, increase the size of your airway, and make it easier to breathe when you sleep. This is typically Dr. Negru’s preferred treatment method because it most effectively resolves the issues causing your sleep apnea.

SomnoMed is an oral appliance worn at night while you sleep. The appliance repositions your jaw slightly forward from its ideal resting position in order to tighten the soft tissue in the back of your throat and prevent it from collapsing and blocking your airway. SomnoMed is custom designed for optimal comfort, and it achieves excellent results.

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Dr. Michael Negru serves patients in Beaverton, Aloha, and Hillsboro, Oregon.