At our oral & maxillofacial surgeon’s practice, a multidisciplinary approach is implemented to diagnose and treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Our team consists of sleep apnea medicine specialists, oral & maxillofacial surgeons specializing in sleep apnea, pulmonologists, and otolaryngologists. The patient’s primary care physician is also instrumental in helping us to achieve a successful outcome. If you suspect that you may have obstructive sleep apnea, or if you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and would like to learn how to cure sleep apnea, please call us. If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, you will first be presented with non-surgical treatment options by the sleep apnea specialist, such as losing weight, exercise, good sleep hygiene, or each night sleeping with a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP) or sleeping with an oral appliance. These sleep apnea treatment options can be very effective with compliant patients. However, if patients do not follow the prescription of these non-surgical treatments for the rest of their lives, they will not achieve optimum health, and their health can become severely compromised. Patients for whom the non-surgical options are ineffective, or for patients who cannot tolerate using them will be then referred for a surgical consultation.
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that is characterized by constricted air flow resulting from brief periods of little to no breathing. This can become a very serious condition that can severely affect one’s quality of life. Sleep apnea can be a very dangerous condition if left untreated.
If you observe any of the following, you are advised to consult Dr. Ruben Cohen regarding possibly scheduling a sleep study.
To learn more about snoring and sleep apnea, please visit Dr. Ruben Cohen’s Huffington Post article entitled “Sleep Apnea and Snoring: What’s the Difference?”
Sleep apnea is diagnosed through a series of tests including physical exams and sleep studies that measure how well you sleep. Sleep studies are the most accurate tool in properly diagnosing sleep apnea. Sleep studies also provide us with a better understanding of its severity.
The sleep study is often times called a “polysomnogram”. This sleep study is performed at a sleep clinic credentialed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. During this overnight stay, you will be taken to a room, which resembles a hotel room. After changing into your night clothing, a technician will attach monitors to various parts of your body. These wires will connect to a computer and are lightweight and hardly noticeable. The doctors will record various respiratory variables and positioning of your body during the night.
If you do not wish to sleep overnight in a sleep clinic, an alternative option is to take an at-home sleep apnea test. This test involves wearing a small, FDA-approved device that will monitor changes in peripheral arterial tone and activity, as well as blood oxygen saturation levels. It also identifies sleep apnea events just like the equipment used in traditional sleep studies performed in sleep clinics. This device is an excellent alternative for patients who are not willing to spend a night away from home in a sleep lab. This test is done in the comfort of your own bedroom, an environment that best reflects the pattern of your sleep habits.
If, as a result of the study, we conclude that you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, you will be provided with treatment options to help improve your condition.