Sleep Apnea FAQ

What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Why Treat Sleep Apnea?
How Can I Get Screened for Sleep Apnea?
What Are My Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea?

What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and airflow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears, and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp.

Repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation lead to very serious cardiovascular problems. Additionally, these individuals suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, depression, and loss of concentration.

Why Treat Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea has been linked to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic acid reflux (GERD)
  • Erectile dysfunction

How Can I Get Screened for Sleep Apnea?

The first step in treatment for sleep apnea resides in recognition of the symptoms and seeking appropriate consultation.

In addition to a detailed dental and medical history, Dr. Mapes will assess the anatomic relationships in the maxillofacial region. An overnight PulseOximeter is used to screen patients for OSA. To confirm the amount of cardiovascular compromise and decreased oxygenation levels, a sleep study may be recommended to monitor an individual overnight.

OSA Screening Questionnaire

Please fill out our Sleep Screening Questionnaire for your sleep apnea appointment with Dr. Mapes. Call our Longview office for assistance: Call Us Today! Phone Number 903-297-6022.

What Are My Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea?

Dr. Mapes treats patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea with an oral appliance. Oral appliance therapy (OAT) has been recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the National Institutes of Health for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and in cases of CPAP intolerance.

An oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer and is worn while sleeping. It supports the lower jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway.

OSA is a very serious condition that needs careful attention and treatment. Dr. Mapes has treated patients with OSA since 2012. He stays up-to-date with continuing education as well as the latest technology.

Most major medical plans offer coverage for diagnosis and treatment of OSA.

Questions? Please call our Longview office for assistance! Call Us Today! Phone Number 903-297-6022