West Orange & Caldwell Sleep Apnea Therapy
For most people, a good night’s sleep is just a given. You lay your head down, and when you wake up, you feel rested and ready for a new day. Unfortunately for those patients who suffer from sleep apnea, even spending eight hours sleeping can feel like barely a moment. They wake still feeling exhausted. If you have sleep apnea, a trip to the dentist may not be your first thought, but our dentists have completed advanced training and are actually well equipped to provide treatment for those patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. At D&G Dental, we’re happy to offer West Orange and Caldwell sleep apnea therapy to help patients improve their quality and quantity of sleep. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea or you’re worried you may be suffering from this sleep disorder, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call, we’ll be happy to answer questions or schedule an appointment for you to visit us for a consultation.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that occurs when patients stop breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep. There are two types of this disorder – central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea occurs when patients’ brains fail to trigger the body to breathe in and out. This form of the disease is extremely dangerous, and it will need to be treated immediately by medical professionals, neurologists, or surgeons in some cases. We will be happy to help you find the right professionals to treat this form of sleep apnea, but in most cases, this rare form of the disease requires more extensive treatment than we can provide. Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common of the two forms of the disorder, and it occurs when the airway is physically blocked.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
If you notice any of the following warning signs, you should call our team or a local sleep doctor to schedule a consultation:
- Waking gasping or wheezing
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Sore throat or hoarse voice
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in mood or behavior
How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
Diagnosis for sleep apnea requires patients to undergo a sleep study. These studies can be conducted in a sleep facility or at home. The study uses electrodes to monitor the body for cessation of breathing. This information is then captured and converted into reports that are returned to your sleep doctor and/or our team where we can analyze whether or not you are suffering from sleep apnea.
What Treatments are Available?
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, the traditional treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Unfortunately, this therapy isn’t ideal for many patients. In fact, people are often deemed completely CPAP intolerant, which means they are unable to adjust to the sounds and sensations associated with this treatment option. For these patients, those who travel frequently, and those who do not receive adequate treatment with CPAP alone, oral appliance therapy may be a better option. These oral appliances are custom crafted and comfortable. They shift the jaw forward slightly, allowing patients to sleep and breathe deeply. These oral appliances are a great treatment on their own for obstructive sleep apnea, and many patients find combined CPAP and oral appliance therapy beneficial for more severe cases of sleep apnea.