Snoring loud enough to wake someone sleeping beside you can be a sign of sleep apnea. We offer an alternative to CPAP, a mouthpiece customized for you.
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Treat snoring and sleep apnea comfortably in Westfield, NJ
Snoring is a common problem, affecting many millions of people. Occasional snoring may be a minor nuisance. However, chronic, loud snoring that disrupts the sleep of a mate is another story. When snoring is a chronic problem such as this, there is a need for further evaluation. The problem at hand may be far more serious than it seems. For many people, snoring is actually a sleep disorder called sleep apnea.
Is it snoring or sleep apnea?
There are key differences in snoring and sleep apnea. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but every person diagnosed with sleep apnea will have a snoring problem. When we snore, the noise we make comes from the difficult passage of breath through the airway. As soft tissues vibrate around the air, noise is made. When sleep apnea occurs, snoring will be interrupted by moments of silence. These momentary pauses may last 10 seconds or longer. It is during this time that air has stopped moving through the airway and the body is being deprived of oxygen.
In addition to paying attention to the sounds of snoring, other symptoms will indicate a potentially serious problem:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Sounds of choking or gasping during sleep
- Fitful sleep
- Frequent trips to the bathroom at night
- Waking frequently for water during the night
- Persistent headaches
- New or worsened moodiness, irritability, depression or anxiety
- Inability to fully concentrate
How your Westfield dentist can help alleviate the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition. Your dentist, however, has a solution that has helped hundreds of patients in our area regain better health and quality of life. The standard medical treatment for sleep apnea requires the patient to hook him or herself up to a small air compressor each night before bed. This method of treatment, called CPAP therapy, forces air from the compressor through a tube and face mask and into the airway. It is the pressure of forced air that facilitates breathing and, supposedly, optimal sleep.
The problem with CPAP therapy is that many people find the side effects of treatment intolerable. Whether it is the feeling of claustrophobia or the emotional toll of wearing a mask to sleep, many people are inconsistent in their compliance with treatment and, hence, health continues to suffer.
The dental solution for obstructive sleep apnea is discreet, comfortable, and effective. When an accurate diagnosis has been made, your dentist can fit you with a custom oral appliance that positions the lower jaw and the tongue comfortably forward, keeping the airway open. Simple and safe, oral appliance therapy can give the results you need to promote restorative sleep.
The body needs to renew and regenerate, and it needs to go through the sleep cycles in order to achieve these goals. Don't let sleep apnea affect your quality of life or threaten your health. Call 908-666-4334 for more information on how to treat this condition.