Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Grove City Dentist Serving Columbus, Dublin, Hilliard, Ohio

If you suffer from sleep apnea, Sheridan Dental has the technology you need to find an effective solution. Once Dr. Raymond Sheridan has diagnosed the condition of sleep apnea, we have a wide variety of treatment options to apply based on a patient’s individual symptoms.

Behavioral Therapy for Conservative Treatment

Dr. Sheridan is often able to reduce the occurrence of apnea by helping patients initiate certain lifestyle adjustments. Changes like an improved diet, regular exercise, alcohol and nicotine avoidance, new sleeping positions, weight loss, head elevation, and allergen reduction in the home can be very effective in the treatment of this condition.

Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea

For people with mild to moderate sleep apnea, the best treatment option is the use of an oral appliance, which you wear during sleep. Different sleep apnea appliances address different anatomical causes of sleep apnea.

The SomnoMed MAS™ is our most popular oral appliance because it is so comfortable and convenient. This device works by gently moving the lower jaw forward to curb snoring and other effects of obstructive sleep apnea. The upper and lower dental plates are customized to fit the patient’s jaw advancement requirements, and an added component can allow the patient to make adjustments for comfort.

The TAP®3is a custom-made device that fits over the upper and lower teeth, similar to a mouthguard. By holding the jaw in a forward position, it prevents the soft tissue of the throat from collapsing and the tongue from causing obstruction. This appliance is also adjustable and has been shown to improve breathing and reduce snoring significantly.

The Herbst appliance promotes better breathing using a tube and rod mechanism to encourage the lower jaw forward and the upper jaw backward. It is attached to a patient’s back molars but does not restrict chewing function. 

The AveoTSD® is a tongue-retaining appliance that gently holds the tongue forward, preventing it from obstructing the airway. The AveoTSD is created from silicone, and a slight suction motion helps keep the tongue in place.

During your evaluation, we will talk to you about which oral appliance best addresses the specific causes of your sleep apnea.

CPAP for Sleep Apnea

The CPAP device, short for “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure,” is a nighttime breathing apparatus often recommended for patients with severe sleep apnea. It consists of a mask worn over the nose and/or mouth that is connected by a long hose to an air pump. This pump forces air into the airway, keeping it open. Many sleep doctors recommend CPAP first. Although it is considered the "gold standard" of sleep apnea treatment, it is tolerated by less than half of the people who attempt it. We also recommend CPAP for patients who need it to treat severe sleep apnea.

If you would like to learn more about our Columbus area sleep apnea solutions, please contact Dr. Sheridan to discuss your condition. If you live in Grove City, Columbus, or a surrounding area, we would love to have you come visit our office for a free sleep apnea consultation.

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