In order to function properly and enjoy a well-balanced life, you must receive quality sleep on a routine basis. If you wake up exhausted or irritable even after sleeping all night, it could indicate a more serious issue. Sleep apnea is a common condition that results in interrupted breathing during the sleep cycle. This disorder can cause individuals to stop breathing for up to 90 seconds several times a night, leading to a significant lack of oxygen. This not only affects the way you feel, it is directly linked to many health-related concerns, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, chronic headaches, and more. At National Dental Sunnyside, our experts can treat the symptoms of sleep apnea with a custom oral appliance, so you can enjoy life again.
More about Sleep Apnea
There are two chief categories of sleep apnea: obstructive and central. The most common kind, obstructive sleep apnea occurs whenever the airway becomes blocked. This is typically caused by the collapse of the soft tissues near the back of the throat. On the other hand, central sleep apnea is not due to a physical obstruction, but rather a failure of communication between the brain and the breathing muscles.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Because each patient is unique, symptoms may present themselves in different ways. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, you may:
- Snore loudly
- Have a significant lack of energy during the day
- Wake up with a sore or dry throat
- Experience chronic headaches
- Have insomnia
- Notice significant mood changes
- Wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air
Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
In many cases, sleep apnea is simply the result of genetics or specific anatomy. For example, if the soft tissues near your airway are enlarged, you have an increased risk of developing sleep apnea. Other risk factors may include:
- GERD (gastroesophageal reflux)
- A larger than average neck
- Being over the age of 40
- Being male
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, or another kind of sleep disorder, our specialists can perform a variety of assessments to determine the root cause. Many times, we recommend a sleep study, in which your body’s physical response can be closely monitored throughout the night. Once we determine the origin of your symptoms, our doctors will discuss your treatment options with you.
Oral Appliance Therapy at National Dental
There are a variety of sleep apnea treatments on the market today. Among the most common is a CPAP device. Despite its effectiveness, many patients find they are unable to tolerate wearing the mask. Millions of patients worldwide have found relief from their sleep apnea symptoms with the use of a custom oral appliance. These devices, available at National Dental, are designed to fit comfortably over your teeth and gently reposition the lower jaw. This will effectively open the airway and allow for more oxygen intake.>> Learn more about oral appliance therapy
Learn More about Oral Appliance Therapy
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, a custom oral appliance could be the solution for you. To find out more, contact us online or call us at (718) 925-3365.