Obstructive sleep apnea is so named because your airway becomes partially or even completely closed for a few seconds a time, repeatedly throughout the night. As you might imagine, it is a condition that has potentially serious consequences. Here at Wayne Dental Care, we are your source for expert diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment.
The most obvious symptoms that are associated with sleep apnea sleepiness during the day, waking up suddenly in the middle of the night with a sensation of choking and gasping, headaches in the morning, dry mouth, dry throat, mood swings, and sexual dysfunction. More common are restless sleep and snoring, though you won’t be able to determine those on your own. You are at greater risk for sleep apnea if you are of African-American, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander heritage, or a man. Women are more prone after menopause. And the likelihood for men goes up with age. Being overweight is also associated with increased chances of getting it. Our North Haledon sleep apnea dentist will probably direct you to do a sleep study, which is a vital part of identifying the problem and determining its severity. Our North Haledon sleep apnea dentist will assess your needs and preferences, along with taking into account your unique circumstances before making a recommendation about what treatment is most appropriate. You may be aware of larger machines that are used for addressing sleep apnea, but they are not right for everyone, nor are they portable. We have found that the appliances that are used by our patients are very effective and comfortable. Surgery is sometimes necessary in extreme instances, but is not typical if your symptoms are mild to moderate.
If you suspect that you might be dealing with sleep apnea, then contact our office to request a convenient time for an appointment to come in and be seen by our North Haledon sleep apnea dentist.