Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects tens of millions of Americans.
Unfortunately many cases go undiagnosed, and when sleep apnea is left untreated, it can seriously impact your health and increase your chances for heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure, as well as mood disorders such as depression. It can also make you sleepy during the day, making the operation of a motor vehicle dangerous.
Other associated problems, such as lack of concentration, fatigue, and moodiness, can dramatically diminish your quality of life.
At Magna Dental Care, we offer sleep apnea and snoring treatments to help you receive a good night’s sleep.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that interrupts your regular breathing pattern as you sleep due to anatomical blockages in your throat. When your body does not receive the oxygen it needs to function, your brain will signal you to wake up to take in air. These waking episodes can occur dozens of times during the night.
Since you wake repeatedly, the quality of your sleep suffers. You may not remember waking constantly even though it occurs frequently, but you will still not receive the restorative sleep you need for your health.
Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
Certain conditions and behaviors increase your chances of having sleep apnea. Some of them include:
- Being overweight
- Having a thick neck
- Your age (over 40)
- Being male
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Certain prescription medications
- Being African American
If you snore and your partner complains that it is loud or intense at times, you may suffer from sleep apnea. Snoring is a common complaint from the partners of sleep apnea sufferers. Even if you do not have sleep apnea, we can help you snore less so your partner gets a full night’s sleep and you can enjoy a happier relationship.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
In order to determine whether you suffer from sleep apnea, you will need to undergo a sleep study. Often, the initial sleep study allows you to sleep at home, connected to a device that detects your sleep pattern and oxygen levels. This initial test may be enough to diagnose your condition.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Typically, the first line of treatment for sleep apnea involves the use of a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine. A CPAP machine keeps your airway open by providing a constant flow of air through a mask. Many patients, however, find using the mask is cumbersome and awkward.
At Magna Dental Care, we offer an alternative to CPAP machines by using oral appliance therapy. We also offer anti-snoring oral devices so you and your partner can enjoy a restful night of sleep.
Oral appliance therapy uses one of several different kinds of oral appliances to help keep your airway open. It works by gently moving your lower jaw forward so that the opening at the back of your throat can pass unrestricted air, reducing obstruction and snoring.
Most patients find that oral appliance therapy is much easier and more convenient that CPAP therapy. It also makes traveling easier by eliminating the need for the CPAP machine.
Are You Ready for a Good Night’s Sleep?
Contact our Jersey City dental office today to set up a consultation to discuss sleep apnea and your treatment options!