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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.
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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