Millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, leaving them with limited or no ability to breathe during sleep. Sleep apnea can tremendously impact your quality of life, decreasing daily sleep time and preventing you from reaching the deeper stages of sleep that are associated with dreaming and bodily restoration.
Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry is a leader in offering affordable and effective sleep apnea treatments in Suffolk County, including Oral Appliance Therapy.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is caused by airways that become obstructed due to the natural positioning of the lips, jaw, and teeth.
Individuals suffering from sleep apnea regularly exhibit symptoms such as loud, frequent snoring in defined periods. The most typical pattern of snoring alternates snoring at a disturbingly high volume with periods of silence lasting up to a minute.
This loud snoring can easily disrupt the sleeping patterns of a roommate or domestic partner as well as interrupting the rest period of the afflicted individual. An irregular breathing pattern is a clear indicator that the sufferer periodically stops breathing during sleep.
Should I Have My Sleep Apnea Treated If I Live Alone?
Even if you live alone and the snoring caused by sleep apnea does not bother a partner, the condition is worth addressing because of the serious health complications that can develop if left untreated. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to a range of additional health issues, including chronic headaches, memory loss, high blood pressure, and even cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, consistently poor quality of sleep can lead to a lower quality of life.
What Are Other Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Excessive sleepiness and fatigue during the day are common symptoms of sleep apnea, due to a lack of adequate rest at night.
This can manifest as falling asleep at unexpected times, such as when sitting at your desk at work or while watching TV on the couch during the evening. Some sufferers even fall asleep while at the wheel of their motor vehicle.
Involuntary movements of the body are also associated with sleep apnea. Combined with loud snoring and periodic gasps for air, these movements frequently disrupt the sleep of a domestic partner, even causing them to move to a separate bed or sleep area in extreme cases.
Our Long Island dentists can help you find the most appropriate treatment option for your individual case.
How Do I Know for Sure I Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is an affliction that develops and worsens over an extended period, often spanning a number of years. Sufferers are rarely aware of their slowly strengthening symptoms, and may not even notice a feeling of unusual fatigue or sleepiness. In fact, it is only after treatment that they realize how much more vibrant and energetic they feel after finally experiencing full nights of restful sleep.
Our Long Island dentists can diagnose cases of sleep apnea and offer solutions so you can finally wake up feeling refreshed. We can analyze your sleep patterns and offer individually tailored solutions, including Oral Appliance Therapy devices that gently ease your teeth and mouth into place for unrestricted airflow. We accept Long Island dental insurance; call today for an appointment and make sure to ask about our financing options.