Everyone suffers from an occasional sleepless night and the following sleepy day. But if almost all of your days seem to be sleepy ones, then you may be having consistently sleepless night and not even know it. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that periodically halts breathing while you sleep. To restart breathing, the brain signals the body to awaken. And while you may not realize this is happening, the cumulative effect can add up to hours of lost sleep. To treat sleep apnea, Madison, NJ, dentist Dr. John Corollo offers oral appliance therapy to keep your airway open and your nights restful.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is commonly caused by an obstructed airway. While you sleep, your entire body relaxes—that includes the tissue in your throat and your tongue. In this relaxed state, your tongue and throat tissue can fall back and partially block your airway. This is what causes the most recognizable symptom: snoring. Air vibrates the tissue, making the annoying sound that may keep your sleep partner awake at night, too.
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Aside from loud and regular snoring, other symptoms include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Frequently needing to urinate at night
- Feeling like you are choking or gasping for air while you sleep
- Headaches in the morning
- A sore throat or dry mouth upon awakening in the morning
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Irritability or moodiness
What are the Side Effects of Sleep Apnea?
It’s bad enough that sleep apnea leaves you feeling tired during the day, but there are other side effects that can be harmful to your overall health. Most common among these are:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Type 2 diabetes
- Worsening ADHD
Treating Sleep Apnea in Madison, NJ
For years, the only solution to sleep apnea was a CPAP machine, which forces air into your mouth in order to keep your airway open. Now, however, there is an easier and more comfortable solution. A custom-fitted oral appliance simply shifts your mandibular jaw slightly forward. In this way, your tongue and throat tissue cannot fall back against your airway and block breathing. You get the sleep you need and avoid the health risks that are all too common with this chronic condition.
Call Our Office Today
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, then please contact the office of Dr. John Corollo for sleep apnea treatment in Madison, NJ. We want to help you have a good night’s sleep and a productive day!