What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious health concern that affects millions of people. Many patients don’t realize they have sleep apnea until the visit a specialist. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the throat collapse, blocking the airway. As a result, patients with sleep apnea start and stop breathing throughout their sleep cycle.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can negatively impact your quality of life. Studies have suggested that sleep apnea has been linked to health-related problems such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, weight gain, depression, and high blood pressure.
The traditionally way to address sleep apnea is with the help of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. Highly trained dentists often offer an alternative to CPAP therapy called oral appliance therapy.
What Are The Signs Of Sleep Apnea?
Understanding the signs of sleep apnea can help you get the treatment you need. Treating your symptoms can help improve your quality of sleep and your overall health.
- Loud snoring
- Gasping during sleep
- Feeling tired or groggy throughout the day
- Sleepiness during the day
- Headaches, especially in the morning
- Dry mouth
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
In many cases, you will have to undergo a sleep study to obtain an appropriate diagnosis for sleep apnea. If you are experiencing signs of sleep apnea, it is important to your primary care physician or your trusted dentist at Nesconset Dental Associates. We offer a take-home sleep study test for our patients. If you would like to learn more about our take-home sleep study test, be sure to contact our dentist office.
Common Risk Factors For Sleep Apnea
Patients of any age can be diagnosed with sleep apnea. However, it is more common for people who have these key risk factors.
- Men over the age of 45
- Large neck circumference
- High blood pressure
If you have any of the risk factors listed above, you may want to contact your physician to schedule a sleep study. During a sleep study, your specialist can assess your risk and determine if you have developed sleep apnea.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
While the CPAP machine is commonly used to treat sleep apnea, there are other options that can also alleviate your symptoms and help you achieve better sleep. At Nesconset Dental Associates we offer oral appliance therapy to help with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy is a non-invasive, effective solution for treating sleep apnea. The oral appliance used to treat sleep apnea is similar to a mouthguard and is designed to wear during sleep. It is custom designed to fit in your mouth and helps you maintain an open airway, which prevents snoring and sleep apnea.
Your oral appliance is designed to fit comfortably in your mouth. This convenient, easy to use treatment is helping patients achieve a better quality of sleep.
Schedule An Appointment
If you have any question about snoring and sleep apnea, we invite you to visit our Nesconset dentist office. We can work with a local specialist to help you get the diagnosis you need. Together, we can work with a specialist to develop the best treatment plan for your health. An oral appliance can help restore your health, achieve better sleep, and alleviate your symptoms.
To schedule an appointment with our team at Nesconset Dental Associates, call (631) 228-8780 or request an appointment online.