If you've been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you've likely tried or heard about CPAP - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure - therapy, in which you wear a device on your face that emits pressurized air directly into your airway. If this sounds uncomfortable, you may consider contacting Dental Sleep Medicine of New England in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas, to see if a dental appliance could benefit you. Worn while you sleep, these mouthpieces can either reposition your jaw or tongue to keep your airway open. Read on to learn more about how Dr. David Rosen can help you achieve better sleep!
What are the drawbacks to CPAP?
While CPAP certainly has been effective for treating sleep apnea, many people find that wearing the mask can make falling or staying asleep difficult. They report feeling claustrophobic while wearing it and dislike the pressure of the straps and the mask against their face; others are distracted by the noise of the machine. Changing positions can also cause the mask to shift out of place, further disrupting proper sleep. Other people develop chronic dryness of the throat and nasal passages from the exposure to the forced air. The size of the machine and the various attachments that go with it can also be a burden while traveling.
Are dental appliances as helpful as CPAP?
A lot of studies have been done on the effectiveness of dental sleep appliances, and they've been shown to be a great alternative to CPAP for people who have mild to moderate sleep apnea. Working with your sleep apnea dentist in Lexington Dr. Rosen will ensure that you're wearing a high-quality appliance that is custom made for you and your unique anatomical structure.
For mild to moderate sleep apnea sufferers, you have options beyond CPAP! Contact Dental Sleep Medicine of New England in Lexington, Massachusetts and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Rosen today!
Poor sleep or inadequate sleep is an epidemic in the US that needs to stop.
Catching a good night's sleep shouldn’t be elusive and yet, for many Americans, they don’t get the quality sleep they need to wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Of course, proper sleep is crucial for your health. Below are some helpful measures you can take to improve the quality of your sleep, as well as warning signs that might mean it’s time to see our Lexington, MA, sleep medicine dentist Dr. David Rosen. He also serves Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas.
Create a Sleep Routine
It’s important that have positive sleep habits that you perform each and every day to get your body and mind ready for sleep. Find ways to reduce stress and to unwind, whether it’s taking a bath, listening to soothing music or reading a book. Your bedtime routine should be simple and you should follow it every day.
Don’t Eat Right Before Bed
While there is nothing wrong with a small snack right before bed, if you end up eating dinner late in the evening it could impact your sleep (because your digestive system is hard at work).
Make sure you avoid large meals about 2-3 hours before bedtime. If you consider yourself a night owl and it’s been 4-5 hours since you last ate, you can enjoy a little snack before going to bed.
This is one of the hardest things for people to do; however, if you want to get quality sleep this means doing things like powering down electronics (that also means your television), minimizing noise and light, and choosing the optimal temperature in which to sleep.
Electronics are the biggest culprit when it comes to affecting sleep. The glow from electronics stimulates certain areas of the brain and prevents the release of melatonin, which helps you sleep. If you want to get some shuteye then it’s time to shut off your smartphone.
Avoid Physical Activity Before Bed
While some people love getting up in the morning and hitting the gym, others find that working out in the evening or at night suits them better. Of course, if you are an athlete who is having trouble sleeping then those late workouts might be to blame. This means avoiding strenuous exercise about 2-3 hours before you fall asleep.
Stay Away from Stimulants
We know that caffeine may help you feel productive during the day but it’s important to avoid stimulants about four hours before bedtime if you want quality sleep. Also, limit or avoid alcohol, as alcohol can negatively affect circadian rhythms.
When should you see a specialist?
It might be time to schedule an appointment with our Lexington, MA, sleep dentist if you are dealing with:
- Chronic or extremely loud snoring
- Gasping for air in the middle of the night
- Pauses in breath while you sleep (your sleep partner may notice this warning sign)
- Extreme daytime fatigue
- Memory and concentration issues
- Increased mood swings
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea or you are a chronic snorer and want to find out how our Lexington dentist can help you get the quality, restorative sleep you deserve night after night then call Dental Sleep Medicine of New England in Lexington, MA and also serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas, today.
If snoring is the nighttime norm find out how your dentist can help.
Does your partner complain that you snore every night? Do you find yourself waking up exhausted and feeling extremely tired throughout the day? If you said yes then it’s time to find out how our Lexington, MA, dentist, Dr. David Rosen, can help you get better sleep and say goodbye to that pesky snoring. He also serves Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas
Why should snoring be treated?
Most people don’t realize this, but snoring can impact not just the quality of your sleep but also your health, as well. Even though snoring doesn’t necessarily mean that you are dealing with a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, most people diagnosed with sleep apnea are loud, chronic snorers; therefore, if you find yourself exhausted all day, every day and you are a loud snorer you will want to see a sleep specialist. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to more serious health issues such as stroke, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
How can our dental team treat your snoring?
No matter whether your snoring is due to sleep apnea or not, it’s important to treat the issue so that it doesn’t negatively impact your sleep. Our Lexington general dentist, Dr. Rosen offers oral appliance therapy to help treat those with mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring to improve both your sleep and your general health.
What is oral appliance therapy?
Similar to a mouth guard, this dental appliance is custom-made to fit over your teeth and helps keep the airways open while you sleep. How it works is this: Often times the tissue in the back of the throat can vibrate, which results in snoring, or the tissue actually collapses and obstructs the airways (which is the case in those with sleep apnea). By wearing this oral appliance while you sleep you can keep airways open and prevent snoring or the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Plus, this device is non-invasive, easy and comfortable to wear, and very portable.
If you or a loved one can’t enjoy a good night’s rest thanks to snoring then it’s time to call Dental Sleep Medicine of New England in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas, today.
Sleep apnea causes interruptions in breathing while you sleep, which can affect your ability to enjoy a restful sleep. Many people are affected by sleep apnea and some do not even realize they have the condition. You might have sleep apnea if you feel unrested and worn out after getting a full night’s sleep. Fortunately, there are options for treating sleep apnea. At Dental Sleep Medicine of New England, Dr. David Rosen is your dentist for sleep medicine in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
There are several risk factors for developing sleep apnea, including being overweight, having high blood pressure, being middle aged, and a family history of sleep apnea. Men tend to be more susceptible to developing sleep apnea than women. Sleep apnea is associated with several symptoms, including snoring. Snoring that is associated with sleep apnea is usually followed by a pause in breathing, which is caused by the body gasping for breath. In addition to snoring, other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Choking or gasping sounds
- Interrupted breathing
- Feeling unrested in the morning
- Feeling sleepy or fatigued throughout the day
- Headaches in the morning after waking
- Difficulty concentrating during the day
- Trouble remembering things
- Feeling irritable during the day
Sleep Apnea Treatment
A dentist can successfully treat your sleep apnea so you can finally achieve a restful night’s sleep. Your sleep medicine dentist can fit you for an oral appliance that is worn at night while sleeping for the treatment of sleep apnea. The appliance properly positions the tongue and jaw while sleeping, which keeps the airway open. Blocked airways are what cause interruptions in breathing in individuals with sleep apnea. An oral appliance improves airway flow and helps you get a more restful sleep.
The benefits of sleep apnea treatment include improved breathing while sleeping, feeling better rested in the morning, and improved functioning throughout the day. For treatment of sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosen, your sleep medicine dentist, by calling Dental Sleep Medicine of New England in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas at (781) 674-2233.
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 the 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
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.
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