Do These Symptoms Sound Familiar?
- Feeling groggy throughout the day?
- Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth?
- Being told you snore loudly?
- Suffering from poor performance at work?
- Experiencing periods of irritability or low energy?
These are among the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, an underdiagnosed and often misunderstood condition. It’s believed many people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OAT) and that most don’t realize it.
If you’re worried about obstructive sleep apnea, call (516) 798-4223 today to schedule your appointment and to learn more.
What Causes Sleep Apnea? Who Is At Risk?
The most common cause of sleep apnea is an obstruction in the airway, either excess tissue in the mouth/throat, or an airway that compresses during sleep.
When this happens, you stop breathing briefly and wake up gasping for air. Your body never enters the deep sleep it needs to recharge. These periods of wakefulness may last for just a few seconds but may occur dozens or hundreds of times every night. Many people don’t even realize they’re happening! They just know that they wake up feeling exhausted.
Who’s at the highest risk for sleep apnea?
- Men over the age of 40
- Anyone who’s overweight
- Those with high blood pressure or diabetes
Even if you don’t fit into one of these groups, get checked for sleep apnea if you’re not getting the healthy and restful sleep your body needs.
Can Sleep Apnea Be Cured?
In many cases, changes to lifestyle and sleeping habits can help eliminate sleep apnea. However, for many people, additional treatment may be needed.
Some of the most common and most effective sleep apnea treatments include:
- Oral appliances - These custom mouthpieces are worn while you sleep and help minimize airway obstruction
- CPAP devices - Worn over the mouth, a CPAP machine delivers a steady stream of air and prevents your airway from collapsing
- Surgery - In some cases, it’s possible to remove excess tissue from the mouth and throat to eliminate sleep apnea
When it comes to treating sleep apnea, it’s generally best to start with the simplest treatments and progress through other options until you find the right solution for you.
Our dentists will work with you to find a treatment that meets your needs.
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The sleep apnea dentists at Greater Long Island Dental in Massapequa are known for their friendly faces, gentle care, and commitment to exceeding our patients’ expectations.
We want you to live a healthy and happy life. Our promise to every patient is the same