Sleep apnea is more than just heavy snoring. It interrupts normal breathing during sleep and affects your ability to function while awake.
Using conservative treatments, Dr. Mark Samani has helped numerous people in Bergen County, NJ, suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
Learn how we treat obstructive sleep apnea at our Ridgewood, NJ, office.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by interrupted breathing while a person sleeps. These breathing interruptions are known as apneas, and each apnea can last from a few seconds to a few minutes throughout the night.
Sleep apnea prevents people from getting a restful night of sleep and can negatively impact health. If untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to a higher risk of hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
- Loud or heavy snoring
- Morning headaches
- Daytime drowsiness (hypersomnia)
- Difficulty concentrating while awake
Sleep Apnea Risk Factors
People who are obese are more likely to experience obstructive sleep apnea due to fat deposits surrounding the upper airway.
If you were born with narrower airways or large tonsils and adenoids, you have a high risk of obstructive sleep apnea.
Smoking increases the likelihood of fluid retention and inflammation of the upper airway, contributing to obstructive sleep apnea.
A Person's Age
While sleep apnea can affect people of all ages, the sleep disorder is much more common in adults, particularly older adults.
A Person's Gender
Sleep apnea is more common in men, yet the risk of the condition is higher in women who are obese or who have completed menopause.
Certain Medical Conditions
Conditions that increase sleep apnea risk include chronic lung disease, high blood pressure, Parkinson's disease, and hormonal disorders.
Do You Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Contact Ridgewood Dental Associates
If you think you have obstructive sleep apnea, the team at our Ridgewood, NJ, practice can help. We have treated many individuals with sleep apnea throughout northeastern New Jersey, relieving their symptoms and improving their quality of life in the process. Taking a conservative approach to treating sleep apnea, we attempt to remedy the sleep disorder without surgery or other invasive procedures.
To speak with our dentists about treating obstructive sleep apnea, contact our practice today. You can also reach our Ridgewood, NJ, office by phone.
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Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from sleep apnea symptoms and risk factors are present, it's crucial that you contact our Ridgewood, NJ practice for a consultation. You will undergo a sleep study that will gather crucial data. This sleep study can be conducted in a hospital or clinic sleep center, or it can also be done from the comfort of your own home.
Hospital Sleep Study
Hospital sleep studies have you sleep in a clinical facility where your brain waves, oxygen levels, heart rate, and movements are monitored.
At-Home Sleep Study
Using an at-home sleep study kit as directed, you can measure your own oxygen levels, heart rate, and other vitals to be analyzed by professionals.
Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea
How Does It Work?
Worn during sleep, the mouthpiece can prevent the tongue from blocking the airway or reposition the jaw to keep the airway open.
Is It Comfortable?
Yes. Each oral appliance is custom fabricated for the patient. We take impressions to ensure the appliance doesn't cause discomfort.
Is It Effective?
Yes. We've found that oral appliances are an effective treatment option for people who have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
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Oral Appliance vs. CPAP Machine Comparing Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatments
What Is a CPAP Machine?
The CPAP machine is a popular option for treating sleep apnea. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. The device consists of a console, hose, and mask worn over the nose. The CPAP machine delivers continuous positive airway pressure that pushes to keep the upper airway open.
Which Option Is Right for Me?
CPAP machines can be quite effective at treating obstructive sleep apnea, though some people find the mask uncomfortable, especially when compared to a non-intrusive oral appliance. That said, each patient is different. We can discuss if an oral appliance or a CPAP machine is better for your needs during a consultation.
Advanced Treatments for Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from central sleep apnea or an advanced case of obstructive sleep apnea, the use of an oral appliance or CPAP machine may not be sufficient to address your health needs. Lifestyle changes and more advanced procedures may be recommended to improve the quality of your sleep. Using the information from your exam and sleep study, we can develop a custom treatment plan just for you.