Getting the Treatment You Deserve
1st Step: Your Consultation with Dr. Katz
Sleep apnea is a medical condition that, if left untreated, can harbor severe medical complications including strokes, heart attacks, and automobile accidents. If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact Dr. Katz—he’ll make sure you get the necessary diagnosis and the appropriate treatment.
While we commonly associate sleep apnea with heavy snoring, they’re separate conditions. However, Dr. Katz can treat your snoring even if it’s unrelated to sleep apnea. He has years of experience handling both, snoring and sleep apnea.
Dr. Katz is a pioneer in the field of snoring treatment where he features convenient and effective solutions for your problem. Dr. Katz began treating snoring in 1982 when a patient asked for a snoring remedy. With decades of experience providing care for people with heavy snoring, he’s a perfect choice.
2nd Step: Getting the Right Diagnosis
Dr. Katz offers sleep apnea and snoring care that’s designed to promote the overall health and wellness of our patients. Before you can begin the process, Dr. Katz will examine your oral structures, as well as ask some basic questions regarding your lifestyle and your sleep habits.
After he decides you qualify, a sleep study is the essential next step toward your sleep apnea diagnosis. Our Greensboro patients can choose to undergo a sleep study in a sleep laboratory, but many find it convenient to use the at-home version. If you elect to use the at-home sleep study, you’ll return the device, and a trained sleep technician will interpret the results.
A physician must provide a sleep apnea diagnosis. Fortunately, Dr. Katz works with a handful of sleep apnea doctors who can deliver the necessary prescription for sleep apnea treatment.
3rd Step: Seeking Sleep Apnea Treatment
After a physician provides you with the proper prescription, Dr. Katz can start crafting your unique sleep apnea treatment plan. Treatment options for sleep apnea include:
- CPAP Machines: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines are the gold standard for severe sleep apnea treatment. A CPAP device administers a continuous flow of warm air down your throat while you sleep. Unfortunately, many patients find the device unwearable because the mask restricts your movement. For this reason, more than half of patients who are prescribed a CPAP machine stops using it after less than a year of treatment.
- Oral Appliances: These mouthguard-like devices are small, convenient, and electric-free ways to treat sleep apnea. Oral appliances are sophisticated pieces of equipment that—when worn during sleep—make breathing easier, mitigating the effects of sleep apnea and snoring. Dr. Katz will use your physician’s prescription to customize an appliance that fits comfortably in your mouth.
- Surgery: Sometimes surgeries are recommended to treat sleep apnea. This treatment can include the removal of the patient’s tonsils, adenoids, or excess tissue that obstructs the airway.