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By Dental Sleep Apnea of New England
April 03, 2018
Category: Sleep apnea

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea your dentist could help.

We know that Americans have a lot of trouble getting enough quality sleep each night. In fact, we know that a lot of people aren’t getting sleep apneathe sleep they need to feel their best; sleep disorders may be the cause of your lack of sleep. Find out more about sleep apnea from Dr. David Rosen at Dental Sleep Medicine of New England in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas. This sleep disorder affects millions of Americans, and you should treat this issue right away if you have it.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

This is the most common type of sleep apnea and it causes pauses in breathing while asleep. These pauses may occur up to hundreds of times in one night. These pauses in breathing are the result of an obstruction in the airways. Sometimes the tissue in the back of the throat collapses or the tongue rolls back, obstructing the throat.

Why should sleep apnea be treated?

Sleep apnea doesn’t just affect the quality of your sleep but can also affect your health, quality of life and wellbeing. Those with sleep apnea experience extreme daytime exhaustion. This can affect your work performance, mood, memory, and concentration. Those with untreated sleep apnea are also at an increased risk for work-related injuries and car accidents.

Furthermore, untreated sleep apnea can increase your chances of developing these chronic health problems:

  • Types 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Should I turn to a dentist for help?

Sometimes CPAP therapy, the most common sleep apnea treatment, isn’t right for everyone. If CPAP therapy hasn’t offered you relief from your symptoms, or if nights wearing a bulky CPAP facemask has actually made your sleep worse then it’s time to talk to our Lexington, MA, general dentist about an alternative treatment known as oral appliance therapy.

This custom-made device looks similar to a mouthguard. You’ll wear it only while you sleep and the device will work one of two ways depending on the cause of your obstructive sleep apnea. Some of these appliances work by repositioning the jaws to prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing. Other oral appliances prevent the tongue from rolling back and obstructing the airways while you sleep. This device can be a great treatment option for those dealing with mild or moderate sleep apnea symptoms.

If you are done with sleep apnea-related restless nights and you want to find out if oral appliance therapy is the key, then schedule a consultation with Dr. David Rosen of Dental Sleep Medicine of New England. Located in Lexington, MA, we are proud to provide quality dental services to the Northwest Boston and surrounding areas. Call our office today.

By Dental Sleep Apnea of New England
December 28, 2017
Category: Sleep apnea

Calling a dentist may not exactly be the first thing to come to mind when dealing with a chronic snoring problem, but it might be exactly sleep medicinewhat you need if your snoring is caused by a common sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, approximately 25 million adults suffer from a form of sleep apnea, although the number is likely much higher as many people are unaware of the fact that they suffer from the condition. Dr. David Rosen at Dental Sleep Medicine of New England in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas offers several treatment options for sleep apnea.

Sleep Medicine in Lexington, Northwest Boston and Surrounding Areas

Sleep apnea causes disruptions to your breathing throughout the night, which leads to symptoms like chronic snoring, headaches, insomnia, irritability, fatigue, and potentially serious long-term health problems if left untreated. Many people suffering from sleep apnea are unaware that they have a problem, usually until someone notices the pauses in their breathing while they sleep.

There are three types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive
  • Central
  • Complex

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form. It causes the muscles in the throat to relax during sleep, blocking the airway and causing pauses in breathing throughout the night. Central sleep apnea is less common and occurs when there is a malfunction with the brain's signals to the muscles that control breathing. Complex sleep apnea involves a combination of both obstructive and central.

Sleep Medicine for Sleep Apnea

Dentists prescribe oral appliance therapy to help keep the airway open and unobstructed while you sleep. The appliance repositions the tongue and jaw during sleep, improving airflow.

Find a Dentist in Lexington, Northwest Boston and Surrounding Areas

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or would like more information on the symptoms and treatment options available, contact Dental Sleep Medicine of New England by calling (781) 674-2233 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosen today.

By Dental Sleep Apnea of New England
October 31, 2017
Category: Sleep apnea
Tags: snoring  

Does your family complain about your loud snoring? Well, it could be more serious than you may realize. Sleep is important to living a snoringhealthy life, and snoring may be interrupting your sleep.  Something else that may affect your sleep is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition where you may have one or more pauses in your breath while sleeping. Dr. David Rosen of the Dental Sleep Medicine of New England in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas is dedicated to helping treat your sleep apnea and reducing your nightly snoring.
What Affects Snoring?
There are many factors that may increase your chance of snoring each night.
Some things that may affect you are:

  • Sleeping on your back- Sleeping on your back causes the mouth to open and the tongue to drop to the back of the throat, which closes off part of your breathing passage.
  • Obesity- When a person is overweight, fat tends to build up near the neck and closes off part of the breathing passage.
  • Alcohol- Alcohol causes the throat to relax and narrows the air passage.
  • Cigarette smoke- Smoke increases nasal congestion and mucus in the throat.

Dangers of Snoring and Sleep Apnea
If you tend to snore a lot, your health may be at risk. If your snoring is due to sleep apnea, there are more health risks linked to snoring than you may realize.  
Some of the dangers include:

  • Heart attacks
  • Stroke
  • Accidents caused by sleepiness
  • Decrease in productivity
  • Depression

Luckily, snoring can be treated. There are many options, and Dr. Rosen in Lexington, MA can help you pick which will be best for your lifestyle.An oral appliance is used to help with snoring and sleep apnea.
Some of the appliances used are:

  • SomnoMed-  An appliance that fits over the upper and lower teeth like a mouth guard.  
  • Narval CC- Helps reposition the mandible and is designed specifically to treat sleep apnea and is made with a 3D printing process.
  • Herbst Advance- Looks like a mouth guard and allows the jaw to move any way except backwards.

Don't let snoring control your life! Call Dr. Rosen in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas at (781) 674-2233 today to stop your snoring and finally get a good night's sleep!

By Dental Sleep Apnea of New England
August 18, 2017
Category: Sleep apnea
Tags: sleep medicine  

A good night’s sleep has multiple health benefits. However, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, about 40 million sleep medicineAmericans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. This staggering number makes sleep medicine crucial to many people’s well-being. But what is sleep medicine and what can it do for you? Find out with Dr. David Rosen at Dental Sleep Medicine of New England in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas.

What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition which causes pauses in breathing, or apneas, during sleep. While this condition is often noticed first by bed partners since it occurs while the patient sleeps, some of the tell-tale signs of sleep apnea are excessive snoring, our dentist can help treat sleep-related conditions like sleep apnea using oral appliances and oral appliance therapy.

What are oral appliances? 
Oral appliances are custom-made to fit your mouth. The appliance can either realign the jaw to sit slightly forward, pulling the tongue and soft tissues off of the back of the throat or physically hold the tongue in place out of the way.

What is oral appliance therapy? 
Apneas often occur due to an obstruction in the airway. The obstruction itself is often the back of the tongue, which relaxes and blocks the throat. Oral appliance therapy uses oral appliances to help treat sleep apnea. This therapy is non-invasive and efficient. The type of appliance you will need depends on the severity of your condition, the physical makeup of your mouth, and other existing conditions you may have.

Dental Sleep Medicine in Lexington, MA 
Oral appliances treat mild obstructive sleep apnea and snoring and may not be adequate for more severe cases. Oral appliances can help most patients suffering from these conditions with minimal or no side effects. If you think you could benefit from an oral appliance, a consultation with your dentist can help you determine if this is the best course of treatment for you and your condition.

For more information on sleep medicine in the Lexington, MA area, please contact Dr. Rosen at Dental Sleep Medicine of New England in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas. Call (781) 674-2233 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Rosen today!

By Dental Sleep Apnea of New England
June 12, 2017

Do you ever wonder why you’re sleepy or fatigued all the time?
You could be stressed out about something in your life, but, of course, there is a chance you could be suffering from sleep apnea. The oral appliance therapyGreek word “apnea” translates to “without breath,” which happens to be one of the main symptoms of sleep apnea; a person who stops breathing 30 times or more during their sleep is diagnosed with sleep apnea, and this condition needs a well-equipped professional like Dr. David Rosen in Lexington, MA.
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, this could cause you to wake up suddenly at night, to wake up without getting enough rest which could impair your driving, as well as affect those closest to you.
How to deal with sleep apnea:
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, there are several ways to improve the quality of your sleep. A common treatment option is CPAP treatment, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure. This device pushes a stream of air to prevent your airway from collapsing; however, some people aren’t able to tolerate the mask or find it uncomfortable. One alternative treatment option is using a dental appliance your Lexington dentist can provide you with. A custom oral appliance will be given to you based on the dentist’s examination of your mouth and teeth with the use of dental molds and x-rays. Not to worry, Dr. Rosen will walk you step-by-step on how to use the appliance.
Depending on your unique situation, the dental appliance will do one of three things. It will hold the tongue forward, lift any soft palate or allow the lower jaw to move forward. These three techniques should improve your obstructive sleep apnea.
Your dentist will continue to monitor your sleeping habits and after a few months, around 2 to 3, you may need to refer to your physician to confirm that your oral appliance has dealt with your sleep apnea. If you are suffering from severe sleep apnea you may need to combine CPAP treatment with oral appliance therapy.
Other ways to improve your sleep apnea:
In addition to the appliance provided by your dentist, there are a few habits and lifestyle changes you can make:

  • Try exercising, improving your health and losing excess weight
  • Avoid medicine that makes you sleepy or doze-off before bed
  • Avoid heavy meals, within about 3 hours, before going to bed

If you are suffering from sleep apnea and need to seek treatment, then you should call to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Rosen in Lexington, MA. He will help you determine the specificities of your condition and create a custom solution for you.

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