Category: Sleep Apnea Treatment

What Can a Dentist Do For Sleep Apnea?

24 Mar 2021 by  admin in Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea can have a negative effect on your life– from chronic fatigue to difficulty concentrating. If you believe that you might have it, then you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Along with evaluating your risk for the condition and referring you to a specialist for a diagnosis, your dentist can provide you with options for effective treatment. The sooner you begin looking for solutions for your sleep apnea, the sooner you will experience relief.

Your Dentist Can Help Determine Your Risk for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a relatively common condition—and also one that is difficult to diagnose. That’s why you should visit your dentist’s office if you notice any of the signs. Symptoms include snoring, a dry throat, irritability, and morning headaches.

To determine whether you might be at risk for it, your dentist will examine your tongue, look for signs of tooth grinding, and check for other warning signs such as enlarged tonsils. Some factors may put you at a higher risk of the condition—if you are male, older than 45, and having a family history. If these risk factors exist, then your dentist may refer you to a sleep center for a professional study.

Your Dentist Can Provide You with Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

If it turns out that you do have sleep apnea, there are several options for treatment that you can pursue. One of the most common treatments is an oral appliance, such as a CPAP machine, used to keep the airway clear so that you can breathe comfortably. If your dentist determines that this is the best option for you, they will do a custom fitting for you.

We prioritize the comfort and health of our patients

If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea, then your dentist can help. Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is a sleep apnea dentist on Long Island who will make it easier for you to live with this condition– and get the restful sleep you need. We prioritize our patients’ comfort and health, so you can always feel comfortable visiting our office. To set up a one-on-one consultation with one of our dentists, contact us today.

 

Additional Resources:

  1. Mayo Clinic, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/obstructive-sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20352090
  2. SleepFoundation.org, Sleep Apnea, https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-apnea

 

 

4 Dangers of Sleep Apnea That May Surprise You

22 Nov 2019 by  admin in Sleep Apnea Treatment

While excessive snoring can be a problem for your partner, it may signal something more serious for some people. It could mean you have sleep apnea.

It is estimated that nearly 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea each year. Sleep apnea happens when upper airway muscles relax during sleep, pinching the airway and preventing you from getting enough air.

With each signal failure, the brain awakens the sleeper in small bouts to signal for breathing to resume. These pauses can last from a few seconds to a minute or more. As a result, the quality of sleep is poor and can affect your health in various ways.

Unexpected health dangers

While obesity is the main factor for sleep apnea, there are many potential risks that make people more prone to sleep apnea, including age, smoking, and family history. It’s important that you know the associated dangers of untreated sleep apnea.

High blood pressure

When blood oxygen drops suddenly and frequently, as it often does with this condition, it can increase the blood pressure and strain your cardiovascular system. Overall, this problem increases your chances of hypertension, a condition where the force of blood against the artery walls is too high.

Heart diseases

Along with high blood pressure, other associated risks could include chronic heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems. In fact, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, obstructive sleep apnea increases the risk of heart failure by more than 100 percent and the chance of stroke is increased by 60 percent of those with the condition.

Traffic accidents

Because your breathing is interrupted during periods of rest, the lack of oxygen to the brain can lead to poor sleep and grogginess upon waking. This drowsiness can be persistent, and in some cases, lead to car accidents and other potentially hazardous situations. According to the 2015 study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), those with sleep apnea were nearly 2.5 times more likely to be the driver in a motor vehicle accident.

Teeth Grinding

Sometimes, people begin grinding their teeth with sleep apnea because the tense jaw and sensation can signal the brain to wake up so you can breathe. Other signs in the mouth could include dry mouth, tongue with scalloped edges or redness in the throat as a result of mouth breathing.

How can a dental professional help with sleep apnea?

While some doctors may recommend wearing a nightly CPAP, continuous positive airway pressure, machine to help you breathe better, other treatments may include custom-fitted mouth appliances, such as a nighttime guard or mandibular advancement device.

These devices can push the lower jaw or tongue forward and stimulate nerves to help keep airways open. This treatment can be effective and non-invasive. Many people consider oral appliance therapy to be comfortable, quiet, and easy to wear, care for, and travel with.

The last thing you want to do is put your heart and health at risk, or cause additional stress to your mouth or oral health. Our trained dental professionals in Huntington, Long Island can assess your situation and advise you as to whether an oral appliance can help you get a better night’s rest.

Contact Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry to find out about sleep apnea treatment in Huntington, LI, and to start moving towards a healthier you.

Bibliography:

  1. HopkinsMedicine; The Dangers of Uncontrolled Sleep Apnea; https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-dangers-of-uncontrolled-sleep-apnea
  2. Sleep Apnea, Sleep Apnea Information for Clinicians, https://sleepapnea.org/learn/sleep-apnea-information-clincians/
  3. American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Risk of Motor vehicle accidents is higher in people with sleep apnea; https://aasm.org/risk-of-motor-vehicle-accidents-is-higher-in-people-with-sleep-apnea/
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