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By Dental Sleep Apnea of New England
August 13, 2018
Category: Sleep apnea

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 throughoutsnoring 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.

By Dental Sleep Apnea of New England
June 15, 2018
Category: Sleep apnea
Tags: sleep apnea   snoring  

Sleep apnea causes interruptions in breathing while you sleep, which can affect your ability to enjoy a restful sleep. Many people are sleep apneaaffected 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
  • Insomnia

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.

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

Treatments
 
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!





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