Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY
More than 18 million adults have sleep apnea and some of them don’t even know it, as up to 80% of Americans go undiagnosed for the condition. If you rarely feel like you got a good night’s sleep, you may have sleep apnea. Fortunately, the experienced dental team at DNTL in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York, can help. Dmitriy Kuznetsov, DDS, and Semyon Tilis, DDS, can diagnose and effectively treat sleep apnea so you get a more restful night’s sleep. To learn more, call the office to schedule an appointment or book online.
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Sleep Apnea Q & A
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that may be preventing you and your partner from getting a restorative night’s sleep. There are three main types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Central sleep apnea
- Complex sleep apnea syndrome
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type and it occurs when your throat muscles relax and block your airway as you sleep. If you have central sleep apnea, your brain doesn’t send the right signals to your muscles that control breathing, and if you have complex sleep apnea syndrome, you have a combination of both types.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
The most common signs of both obstructive and central sleep apnea are similar, so it may be hard to tell which one you have. However, if you wake up feeling tired each morning, along with any of the following symptoms, you may have one or the other, or a combination of both:
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for air while you sleep
- Morning headaches
- Daytime drowsiness
- Dry mouth in the morning
- Trouble concentrating
Typically, with sleep apnea, you have episodes that occur several times a night when you stop breathing, causing you to gasp or choke for air.
How does a dentist treat sleep apnea?
After a careful exam and discussion of your symptoms, your dentist may recommend making lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or avoiding alcohol, and making changes to your sleep habits. Additionally, your dentist may recommend a custom-made dental appliance that helps reposition your lower jaw and tongue so you can breathe easier. The dental appliance keeps your air passageway open and minimizes obstructions from the soft tissue in your mouth and throat.
If you think you have sleep apnea, it’s important to discuss your symptoms with your dentist at DNTL. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause a variety of health conditions and complications, including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver problems
- Metabolic syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
A dental appliance can dramatically reduce your symptoms or potentially eliminate sleep apnea altogether so you can sleep well and improve your overall health and wellness.
If you’ve tried a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, but found it uncomfortable, a dental appliance may be an ideal solution. Call to schedule a sleep apnea consultation with DNTL or book an appointment online.