What Is Sleep Apnea?
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.

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