Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Does someone in your home snore? Is that person you? Snoring can certainly be annoying, but it can also be a symptom of sleep apnea. To start enjoying a healthy night’s rest, call Merchant Square Dental at 845-986-1732 for an appointment with our dentists. Dr. Syed Masihuddin or Dr. Pankaj Puri can provide you with sleep apnea treatments in Warwick, New York.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and liver problems.

Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. We recommend that you talk to our dentists, as well as your physician, if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Extreme drowsiness during the day
  • Personality changes and irritability
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Snoring
  • Waking up with a very dry or sore throat
  • Frequent morning headaches

Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our dentists may recommend a simple oral appliance. The appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. For more information on sleep apnea treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our dental practice today. We are committed to helping you improve your health!

frequently asked questions

Sleep apnea is typically diagnosed through a sleep study, also known as polysomnography, which monitors various physiological parameters during sleep, including breathing patterns, oxygen levels, heart rate, and brain activity.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, gasping or choking sensations during sleep, daytime sleepiness or fatigue, morning headaches, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and restless sleep.

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health complications, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, depression, and an increased risk of accidents and injuries due to daytime drowsiness.

Treatments for sleep apnea may include lifestyle changes (such as weight loss and positional therapy), continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliance therapy, surgical procedures (such as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or maxillomandibular advancement), and alternative treatments (such as hypoglossal nerve stimulation or positional therapy devices).