Sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects over 22 million Americans. Unfortunately, though, the majority of the people suffering from the condition haven’t been diagnosed. Thus, they miss out on the care they need, and leave themselves vulnerable to a host of other problems like heart disease, stroke and hypertension. Thankfully, with treatment from a dentist in Florham Park, you don’t have to suffer a similar fate. Read on to find out why a dental professional is best qualified to diagnose and treat sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes patients to wake-up several times throughout the night. The most common form of the condition is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which refers to a partial blockage of the airway. Two of the results are loud snoring and brief stoppages in breathing throughout the night.
The brain has a built-in protection response when this happens, which sends a distress signal that causes a break in sleep. Because this can occur several times throughout the night, people with this condition may spend the day feeling lethargic, irritable and with an inability to focus.
If you notice any of these symptoms, then you should reach out to your sleep dentist so you can take a sleep apnea quiz.
Why Should You Contact a Sleep Dentist?
A highly-trained dental professional has an advantage over other medical professionals because he or she works with the jawbone on a regular basis. That means the specialist will understand the impact that the position of the jaw has on treating sleep apnea.
When you visit for a consultation, here is what will happen:
- You’ll first complete a questionnaire.
- Next, you’ll undergo an assessment that measures your baseline and collapsed airway.
- If you haven’t been involved in a study yet, you’ll be referred to an in-network physician who will guide you through the steps of performing an at-home sleep study.
After the diagnostic is completed, your sleep dentist will go over the results with you and begin formulating a plan of action.
Alternative Treatment That is Effective
One of the more common ways of treating OSA is with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, which consists of a base unit, tube and mask that is worn while you sleep. The machine pumps air into your throat throughout the night to prevent lapses in breathing.
Many patients are neither fond of the noise the machine makes nor its bulky design. Your sleep dentist offers an alternative form of sleep apnea treatment – an oral appliance. It’s small, noiseless and more comfortable to wear, which means you finally have a way to get the rest you need.
To overcome your challenges with sleep apnea, reach out today to schedule a consultation.
About the Author
Dr. John Carollo is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and he has since gone on to practice dentistry for over 30 years. He is a respected author, lecturer and peer, who has mentored thousands of dentists. Dr. Carollo uses his expertise to help patients finally get the sleep they need by treating them at his private practice. He can be reached for more information through his website.