If you often feel exhausted during the day, or find yourself walking up suddenly in the night struggling to breathe, then you may be experiencing the warning signs of sleep apnea. Our team wants to help correct this issue so you can rest with ease and enjoy a better quality of life. In today’s blog, your Astoria, NY, dentist talks about treating sleep apnea.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
How do you know if you’re suffering from a sleep disorder? With sleep apnea, as you rest the soft tissues in the back of your mouth and in your throat collapse and block airflow, so you stop breathing briefly. This interrupts your sleep cycle, even if you don’t remember it happening. Factors behind the disorder could include age, weight, neck circumference, sinus and allergy issues, and problems with the development of your jaw and oral structures. Warning signs could include chronic snoring, dry mouth, irritability, and daytime exhaustion. You may also experience waking suddenly in the night choking or gasping for air. If one or more of these possible symptoms applies to you, then please reach out to us for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment right away.
What Happens Without Treatment?
Lack of treatment means you have issues concentrating on tasks at work or school, and your moodiness could impact your social interactions. The disorder also strains your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to illness. The stress on your cardiovascular system could mean you have high blood pressure, heart disease, and a higher risk of stroke and heart attack. Don’t ignore symptoms and risk strain on your immune and cardiovascular systems, instead contact our team. We will conduct a diagnosis with advanced digital imaging so we can assess the presence and severity of your disorder, and choose the most appropriate treatment option to help you rest with ease again.
How Do You Create an Oral Appliance?
We often treat sleep apnea with an oral appliance, a device that looks and fits like a mouthguard and is worn as you rest at night. The device will be custom-fitted for your smile and worn as you sleep at night. The device then fits comfortably and gently shifts your jaw and tongue forward to keep airways open and avoid the cessation of breathing. You rest without interruption and feel more rested and alert the next day. The oral appliance is easy to use, clean, and store too. If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating sleep apnea, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Astoria, NY Dentist About Treating Sleep Apnea
Our team is here to tackle your sleep disorder and help you rest again with ease, then please call Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS at 718-728-8320.