Understanding Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which you stop breathing for extended periods of time during your sleep. This can occur dozens of times an hour—hundreds of times a night–resulting in choking, gasping, or loud snoring. Other symptoms include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Not feeling refreshed upon waking up
- Memory difficulties
- Poor concentration
- Frequent morning headaches
Sleep apnea is a serious medical disorder. If it remains untreated it can lead to cardiovascular issues including heart attack and stroke, metabolic disorders like diabetes and uncontrollable weight gain, and psychological disorders including depression and sexual dysfunction.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Oral appliances offer an important alternative for treating sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when your airways do not allow proper oxygen flow while you are lying down. A customized mouthguard can reposition your tongue and gently slope your jaw to open your airways and provide unobstructed oxygen flow.
Doctors most often prescribe CPAP machines. CPAP machines produce a steady flow of oxygen through a mask or tube worn while sleeping. This works to hold your airways open, and helps provide optimal oxygen during sleep.
Lifestyle changes can also treat sleep apnea. Smoking, alcohol consumption, the use of sedatives, and obesity all increase your risk. By adopting a healthy lifestyle, you can often greatly reduce the severity.
Dr. George Sepiashvili and Dr. Wanda Mejia refer patients to sleep specialists in Westchester of Princeton if they suspect sleep apnea. Effectively treating this disorder requires an interdisciplinary team that can customize a plan ideally suited to meet your needs.
Sleep apnea can be related to TMD because both may be related to a jaw that does not stay in position. We also treat TMD at our office. If it is suspected, we will help ensure you receive the treatment you deserve either in our office or through the services of one of our respected colleagues.
If you are suffering from the symptoms in or around Westchester County, Peekskill, or Yorktown, New York, please call (914) 526-2144 or contact Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake to schedule a comprehensive evaluation with one of our experienced dentists today.