Snoring and Sleep Apnea Therapy
If you snore, you may also suffer from sleep apnea. This potentially serious condition affects an estimated 12 to 20 million Americans to some degree. The symptoms of sleep apnea include difficulty fully awakening in the morning, daytime drowsiness, mental confusion, and depression.
If you experience these symptoms, it’s important to determine whether they’re caused by sleep apnea or another condition. At Broadway Dental, Dr. Russ or Dr. Sender will perform a comprehensive evaluation and may send you to a medical doctor for a sleep study. If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, we offer proven treatments to restore healthy, restful slumber.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing repeatedly stop for periods of 10 seconds or longer. When sufferers experience a lack of oxygen, the brain alerts the body to wake up and breathe. You may enter a lighter stage of sleep or awaken entirely.
What causes sleep apnea?
Causes include narrowed anatomical passageways, airways that collapse in on each other during slumber, and the tongue falling back to block the throat. Obesity may play a role, as well. Snoring occurs when tissues vibrate as oxygen is forced through blocked airways.
What are the dangers of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea has been linked to heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. It can also increase your risk of experiencing a motor vehicle or work-related accident.
How is sleep apnea treated?
Many people experience relief with a mask that generates a gentle flow of air pressure to keep passageways open. Others find a remedy in oral appliance therapy. A small, custom-made nightguard holds the chin slightly forward to let oxygen flow freely through opened airways. These treatments stop snoring, as well. You – and everyone in your household – will finally get a good night’s sleep.
Experience comprehensive dentistry focused on your smile’s health and beauty. Call Broadway Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sender or Dr. Russ. Our office, located in Hicksville, is close to all major parkways and the Hicksville Railroad Station.