Sleep Apnea Treatment
North Syracuse, NY
Sleep apnea is a condition in which the patient receives insufficient oxygen while sleeping, generally due to blockage or the closing of the airways. Because their airway is constricted, the brain is alerted to the disruption of air and wakes the person just enough to gasp for a large intake of air. This disturbance interrupts REM sleep, often without the person realizing it’s happening. There are a few different causes of sleep apnea, and the symptoms can vary, but the results are exhaustion and wear on your major organs. Though many people seek help from their physician, when it comes to the mouth, our team at Mahar Dental can provide the right solution. There are more options to fight sleep apnea than a C-Pap. We may be able to help you get the oxygen you need while sleeping with simply wearing a small retainer-like device.
Apnea is defined as the cessation, or stopping, of breathing. It is commonly seen while a person is sleeping, and can include decreased breathing as well as a temporary standstill. Sleep apnea is generally due to excessive tissue in the throat region or due to the tongue slipping slightly backwards toward the throat while sleeping. There are steps we can take to open your airway while you sleep without the need of machinery.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Since it occurs while you are sleeping many patients ask how to know if they have it. The most common symptom of sleep apnea is a lack of breathing during sleep, which can last a few seconds, up to a minute and sometimes even longer. In most cases, a partner who shares your bed is the first to note the disorder, but other symptoms you can look for include:
||Rough Wake-Ups: A common symptom is waking feeling horrid. Patients report waking with headaches, feeling exhausted, and just a general lack of sleep even if they report having slept eight hours.
||Snoring: Not all snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, but it can be a good sign that the throat is not as open as it could be. If you are waking with a dry mouth, or tired tissue in the throat, the possibility of snoring should be looked at closer.
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to a wide variety of health issues including increased blood pressure, heart related issues, headaches, exhaustion, memory issues, and more.
Do you think you might have Sleep Apnea? Fill out the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and check out your results.
Epworth Sleepiness Scale Form
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Following an examination, we can offer some options to assist with getting a better night’s sleep. We provide both non-surgical appliances and surgical options when necessary. Known as a Mandibular Advancement Device, we can customize this retainer-like appliance to be worn when sleeping. It will hold your jaw in a forward position to help with maintaining an open airway.
Tongue Retaining Mouthpieces
A tongue retaining device holds your tongue slightly forward, preventing it from slipping backwards while you sleep.
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is a very complicated, long name, referring to the surgical removal of excessive tissue. Surgical treatment is performed with non-surgical treatments fail.
Sleep apnea needs to be treated properly in order to minimize the symptoms you are experiencing and the effects they can cause. Call us at (315) 766-2770 for an appointment today, and get that process started!