What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that is currently affecting millions of people. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the mouth partially or fully collapse, which constricts proper airflow from the lungs to the major organs in the body.
When this happens, patients can start and stop repeatedly breathing throughout their sleep cycle. Patients with sleep apnea often snore due to the collapsing of the soft tissue in the throat.
If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can affect your quality of sleep and overall health. Studies have suggested patients with sleep apnea have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, weight gain, and depression.
What Are The Signs of Sleep Apnea?
The signs of sleep apnea vary from patient to patient. To determine if you have developed sleep apnea, you will need to undergo a sleep study. During your sleep study, your specialist will assess you for signs of sleep apnea. If you are noticing one or more of these signs, you may want to consider scheduling a sleep study.
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Feeling restless throughout the day
- Difficulty concentrating
- Headaches, especially in the morning
- Dry mouth
Am I At Risk For Sleep Apnea?
Anyone is at risk for developing sleep apnea. However, these key factors can vastly increase your risk of sleep apnea.
- Being a male
- Having a large neck circumference
- Having high blood pressure
- Being diabetic
- Being overweight
- Having a narrowed throat or deviate septum
- Being a smoker and using tobacco
If you are at high risk for sleep apnea, talk with our team at Cosmetic Dentistry Associates. Our team can assess your risk for sleep apnea. As experienced dentists, we can work with you to find the solutions you need to address sleep apnea. Depending on your needs, we may provide you with a home sleep test, or contact a local sleep specialist for further testing. Our goal is to give you a proper diagnosis and get you one step closer to a better quality of sleep. Visit our Pomona dentist office to learn more.
Treatment For Sleep Apnea in Pomona, NY
As a full-service dental office in Pomona, NY, Cosmetic Dentists associates offer a complete range of solutions for many common dental concerns. A first step is to complete this sleepiness worksheet which may identify your symptoms and risk factors for sleep apnea.
For patients who we may suspect have sleep apnea, we can provide a home sleep test or refer you to a sleep specialist to determine if you have developed sleep apnea.
If you would like an alternative to the traditional CPAP machine, our team can fabricate custom-designed oral appliances for sleep apnea. A sleeping guard, similar to a mouthguard, is designed to reposition the jaw to prevent soft tissue from collapsing in the throat. Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea is a discreet, convenient, and effective alternative for the CPAP machine.
To create your custom oral appliance, we will take impressions of your mouth and send them to a dental lab for fabrication. Once they are ready, we will invite you back to our office to ensure your sleep appliance fit properly and comfortably in your mouth. We will explain all aspects of your care and answer any questions you may have during your appointment. With a custom sleep guard, you can finally achieve better sleep and get one step closer to a healthier you.
Schedule An Appointment
If you would like to explore your treatment options for sleep apnea, visit Cosmetic Dentistry Associates. To schedule an appointment, call (845) 241-0656 or request an appointment online.