An estimated 22 million Americans don’t get the sleep they need to be productive and energized during a typical day because of a condition called sleep apnea. At Dental Studio of Jersey City in Jersey City, New Jersey, dentists Christine Chung, DMD, and Judith E. Roman, DMD, provide treatment for sleep apnea to get you back to sleeping soundly. To find out if sleep apnea is disrupting your sleep, call Dental Studio of Jersey City for an appointment or book online today.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that can affect your nights, your partner’s sleep, and your waking life. While there are a few types of sleep apnea, they all result in your breathing stopping intermittently throughout the night.
When your breathing pauses repeatedly, your body and brain don’t get enough oxygen to function well. For this reason, untreated sleep apnea can cause many serious health complications including high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease.
The dentists at Dental Studio of Jersey City specialize in treating a form of sleep apnea called obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea develops when the tissues in your mouth and throat cause your airways to close when you lay down and relax.
It might be hard to tell if you have sleep apnea at first because it happens while you sleep and any daytime symptoms are difficult to link to it. Symptoms that appear during the day include:
Listening to your breathing patterns during your sleep is one of the easiest ways to tell if you might have sleep apnea. If you don’t have a partner who can report them to you, you can try recording yourself during sleep to listen for:
Even though most people associate loud snoring with sleep apnea, it doesn’t always indicate it. If you snore loudly, you should look for other symptoms before seeking treatment for sleep apnea.
If your sleep apnea is mild, your only treatment requirement may be a few simple lifestyle changes like losing some weight or ceasing your smoking habit. However, it isn’t always this simple. At Dental Studio of Jersey City, the team offers custom oral appliances designed to hold your airway open as you sleep.
You might need to try a few devices before you find one that fits comfortably. You’ll attend regular appointments at Dental Studio of Jersey City as the team reassesses your signs and symptoms and makes sure that your device is working consistently.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea and need an effective treatment, call Dental Studio of Jersey City or book an appointment online today.