Do you snore, find yourself waking up multiple times throughout the night, and feel fatigued during the day? If so, these symptoms may indicate that you have a sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Fortunately, here at Dental Sleep Medicine of New England, Dr. David Rosen assists sleep apnea sufferers select the right therapy for their needs, and by visiting our office in Lexington, MA, you can rest well, too!
What is sleep apnea and its symptoms?
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders among American adults—particularly in men over 40. The episodes of nighttime breathing cessation that define this condition can cause a number of harmful effects, including:
- Oxygen deprivation
- Snoring, due to soft tissues flopping over the airway (hence the term Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA)
- Startling awake, gasping for air
- Spouses and other loved ones disturbed in their sleep
- Systemic health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, erectile dysfunction, and more
Diagnosing sleep apnea
Typically, your primary care physician or sleep doctor diagnoses OSA through an examination of symptoms and either an in-office or at-home sleep study. These studies monitor snoring, wakefulness, vital signs, and other measures to determine the best course of treatment to treat the sleep disorder.
Treating sleep apnea
For those with more mild forms of the condition, lifestyle modifications and oral appliance therapy can alleviate the negative effects of sleep apnea. Some of these changes include:
- Stopping all eating, TV, and computer use two hours before bedtime
- Drinking less alcohol
- Losing weight
- Going to bed at the same time every night
- Sleeping on your side rather than on the back
Along with these day-to-day changes, oral appliance therapy from our Lexington office is also an extremely effective resolution for OSA. Worn during nighttime sleep and naps at any time of the day, these acrylic appliances fit comfortably in the mouth and keep the airway open, reducing the incidence of snoring and episodes of apnea.
Stop snoring and feel better
Dr. Rosen and his team at Dental Sleep Medicine of New England provide relief and continued follow-up for many sleep apnea patients and their families. If you snore, or your loved ones say you do, don't ignore the problem—your health is too important. Call our Lexington office today to arrange your sleep consultation: (781) 674-2233.