Sleep apnea is a disruptive, potentially dangerous condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Characterized by pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep, it can have serious health consequences if left untreated. At Bloomfield Dental Designs in Bloomfield, NJ, we offer a variety of effective sleep apnea treatments to help patients enjoy restful, healthy sleep.
Understanding Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is more than just snoring. It is a serious sleep disorder that can cause you to stop breathing for 10 seconds or more up to hundreds of times per night. There are several types of sleep apnea but the most common one is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is caused by blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
Signs and Symptoms
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, restless sleep, morning headaches, waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat, daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it’s important not to ignore them. Early detection and treatment can help to prevent further health complications.
Treatment at Bloomfield Dental Designs
At Bloomfield Dental Designs, our experienced team of dental health professionals focuses on delivering effective, personalized treatment plans for patients with sleep apnea. Here are some typical treatments we offer.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliances are custom-fitted devices that shift and support the jaw to help keep the airway open during sleep. They are easy to use, portable, quiet, and proven to be effective for many patients.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy
In some cases, Oral Appliance Therapy may not be enough, and CPAP therapy may be required. It involves a machine that delivers air through a mask to help keep your airway open while you sleep.
Behavioral and Lifestyle Changes
Sometimes, simple behavioral or lifestyle changes could significantly improve sleep apnea symptoms. These may include weight loss, avoiding alcohol and sedatives, quitting smoking, and regular physical exercise.
Is a dentist equipped to handle sleep apnea?
While traditionally it may seem like a condition for a doctor, dentists are in fact well-equipped to treat sleep apnea. They can provide custom oral devices and ongoing care to help ensure effective treatment.
Can sleep apnea be cured?
There is no known ‘cure’ for sleep apnea. However, it can be effectively managed with a combination of interventions and lifestyle changes.
Do I need to use an oral appliance every night?
For the best results, it’s recommended to use the oral appliance every night consistently.
Untreated sleep apnea not only disrupts your sleep but can also lead to serious health issues if left untreated. It’s essential to consult with professionals like those at Bloomfield Dental Designs if you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms. Our commitment is to assist you in managing your sleep apnea, improving your sleep quality, and ultimately, enhancing your overall health and quality of life.