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 what 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 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.