Sleep Apnea

Are you tired all of the time? Do you wake up with headaches? Does your partner constantly comment about your snoring? If so, you could be suffering from sleep apnea. This common sleep disorder restricts the flow of oxygen through the airway. As a result, the body does not receive what is necessary for proper function. This can manifest in several ways, including irritability, fatigue, and more. At National Dental East Meadow, our experienced sleep specialists can diagnose and treat your condition accordingly, so that you can enjoy a restful night.

Understanding Sleep Apnea

Individuals who have sleep apnea stop breathing during the night, often up to 90 seconds at a time. Depending on the complexity of the condition, some patients may even experience over 30 apneic events a night. Even if individuals are not aware of it, each apneic event causes them to wake up, significantly hindering the quality of sleep they are receiving. One type of this disorder is called central sleep apnea, which is caused by failed communication between the brain and breathing muscles. The most common kind, however, is obstructive sleep apnea. This is triggered by an actual blockage of the airway. When the muscles in the back of the throat become too relaxed, they can collapse over the airway and inhibit the flow of oxygen.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

This common sleep disorder can manifest in many ways. For example, you may have sleep apnea if you:

  • Wake up with a sore throat or hoarse voice
  • Experience daytime fatigue
  • Snore loudly
  • Wake during the night gasping for air
  • Experience insomnia
  • Wake up with an excessively dry mouth
  • Have difficulty concentrating

Diagnosing Your Condition

Because this disorder shares several symptoms with other conditions, diagnosing sleep apnea can be tricky. That is why we have onsite sleep medicine specialists who can diagnose your condition with considerable accuracy. Oftentimes, a sleep study is necessary to determine the exact cause of your symptoms. If this is recommended for you, our experts can walk you through the necessary steps.

Oral Appliance Therapy

If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, our team will work diligently with you to find a solution. While CPAP therapy is a common treatment for this condition, many individuals find the device too cumbersome and uncomfortable. Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea, a CPAP machine may not even be necessary. In fact, many of our patients have found that oral appliance therapy is incredibly effective. An oral appliance resembles a mouth guard. It is designed to slip comfortably over your upper teeth and hold your lower jaw in a more advantageous position. This will keep your tongue in a forward position and keep your oral soft tissues in your throat away from the airway. >> Learn more about oral appliance therapy

Learn More about Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that can lead to a number of health-related concerns. If not treated effectively, it could result in heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more – not to mention a diminished quality of sleep for your partner. Visit National Dental East Meadow right away so that we can help you regain your quality of life. Contact us online or call us at (516) 208-4276.