You may not immediately think of the dentist when you think of sleep issues, but many patients visit us here at Ridgewood Dental Associates for our Ridgewood NJ sleep apnea treatment. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects many adults today. It is a medical disorder that causes the body to block your air passageways and therefore cause you to stop breathing for varying periods of time during your sleep. When these periods without breathing, or apneas, occur, the brain responds to the lack of oxygen in an emergency fashion. In doing so, it sends out high levels of adrenaline, which will wake you up during your sleep. You may not remember all of the times you wake up throughout the night, but you will feel the affects the next morning. Some examples of symptoms commonly associated with sleep apnea include: fatigue, insomnia, irritability, headaches, depression, decreased sex drive, difficulty concentrating, and even memory loss. If you share a bed or room with someone else, they might complain that you are snoring loudly, or making choking or gasping sounds in your sleep. If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to other serious health issues like heart attacks and hypertension. The only true way to know that you have sleep apnea is to undergo a sleep study. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you should visit us for our Ridgewood NJ sleep apnea treatment as soon as possible. Here at Ridgewood Dental Associates, we often recommend that use of a customized oral appliance to combat apneas throughout the night. These appliances are small and comfortable to wear, and they will keep your airways clear for a more peaceful and healthy sleep.
If you would like to learn more about our Ridgewood NJ sleep apnea treatment, or any of the other many services available to you here at Ridgewood Dental Associates, we highly recommend that you visit our main website to browse through some additional information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns that we can assist you with, we hope you will feel free to contact the staff here directly. You can reach us either by phone or online. We look forward to working with you soon here at Ridgewood Dental Associates.