Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry can help you achieve a more restful night’s slumber with our innovative sleep apnea treatments. If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or suspect you have the condition, we invite you to reach out for free consultation in our Huntington, Long Island office. Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick can help you lead a healthier, happier life by easing the symptoms of sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.
Check out frequently asked questions about sleep apnea. Request an appointment with our highly skilled sleep apnea dentists today and realize the physical and mental benefits of uninterrupted sleep!
Sleep apnea risk factors
Obstructive sleep apnea negatively impacts health in many ways. Respected medical professionals say that untreated OSA can take upwards of 10 years off your lifespan, as the disorder increases the risk of developing more severe health problems including:
- Heart disease
- Depression and mood disorders
- High blood pressure
- Congestive heart failure
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
Studies have indicated that people with untreated sleep apnea are statistically more likely to have workplace accidents or accidents while driving because they are so sleep deprived.
Factors that augment the risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Being male – Men are almost three times more likely to have sleep apnea than their female counterparts
- Smoking – this habit increases airway inflammation and fluid retention
- Age — Sleep apnea can develop at any age, but is more common in people 45 and older
- Genetics – A family history of OSA increases your risk
- Alcohol – relaxes throat muscles, exacerbating sleep apnea
- Enlarged tonsils – narrow the airway
- Excess weight – fat deposits in the throat can obstruct breathing passageways
- Thicker neck – Those with a larger neck circumference have narrowed airways
Obstructive sleep apnea symptoms and diagnosis
Sleep apnea is a chronic disorder that causes people to stop breathing repeatedly through their sleep cycles. During these pauses, known as apneas, the soft tissue in the airway partially collapses, preventing oxygen from entering the lungs. Each apnea can last from 30 seconds to more than a minute, and most sufferers experience these lapses dozens of times each night, causing them to startle and wake frequently. These repeated interruptions in the deep, restorative sleep cycles make it impossible to feel rested and refreshed the next day.
Just because you snore occasionally doesn’t mean you have sleep apnea, but regular, extremely noisy snoring accompanied by choking episodes can be a warning sign. These are the most commonly reported symptoms for obstructive sleep apnea:
- Waking up gasping
- Frequent loud snoring
- Daytime fatigue/lack of energy
- Chronic morning headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decreased libido
- Waking up with a dry throat
If you know you’re a loud snorer, feel exhausted most mornings and are having trouble with memory or concentration on a regular basis, there is a good chance you may have sleep apnea. After receiving a diagnosis from your primary health care practitioner, an appointment at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry can shed light on your treatment options.