Have you ever heard of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? A common disorder, this is linked to chronic snoring, daytime drowsiness, and even poor heart health. Your Astoria, NY, dentist will explain how we diagnose and treat sleep apnea, and provide a good night’s rest with a simple, comfortable, and noninvasive oral appliance.
The Causes and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
With OSA, as you sleep the soft tissues in the back of your mouth and in your throat become too relaxed, blocking airflow. You literally stop breathing for a few seconds, enough to interrupt your sleep cycle and possibly wake you up. Few people remember waking up, but this happens dozens of times an hour each night for some patients. Over time, the interruptions lead to daytime exhaustion, moodiness, trouble staying focused on tasks at work or school, and chronic snoring. Dry mouth, headaches, and waking suddenly in the night gasping for air or choking is common too. If you encounter these symptoms, then let us know. Lack of treatment for OSA could mean an increased risk of strained immune systems, high blood pressure, heart disease, and even stroke or heart attack.
Treatment with a Simple Appliance
Following a diagnosis, if we find you have sleep apnea then we will likely take detailed digital images and impressions of your smile, which we use to craft an oral appliance. The device fits like a mouthguard, and will be worn each night as you sleep. The device fits comfortably and then helps ensure open airways by moving the jaw forward. You then breathe without interruption and feel more rested and alert the next day.
Better Resting Habits
You could also have positive changes to your sleep habits. For example, go to bed and wake up at the same times each day, as establishing a schedule could be beneficial. Avoid large meals, vigorous exercise, excessive alcohol, or caffeine in the two hours before bed. Resist the urge to watch TV, look at your smartphone, or play on a computer in bed, as this could cause you to have a harder time falling asleep. We also suggest keeping your bedroom dark and cool, and if possible, screen free. If you have any questions about how we treat issues like OSA and chronic snoring, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Sleep Issues?
Snoring and sleep apnea could have a negative impact on your quality of life, so we have solutions. We know a good night’s rest is key to optimal quality of life and a success in your professional and personal life. To learn more about how our team offers solutions for common sleep disorders, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.