Sleep apnea is not only disruptive for you and your significant other, but it can be a potentially dangerous condition. If you need sleep apnea treatment in North Brunswick, call our office today.
At Your Expressions Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to helping our patients breathe easier. That is why we offer sleep apnea treatment to the community of North Brunswick. We can recommend oral appliances to reposition your jaw, open your airway and help you get a full night’s rest.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which your breathing repeatedly stops during sleep. When you stop breathing, you may gasp, snort or choke, and your brain responds by waking your body. Depending on the severity of your case, you may stop breathing up to 30 times each hour. These disruptions in your breathing can from last a few seconds to potentially life-threatening periods of time, costing your brain and other organs oxygen.
There are many common symptoms that may indicate sleep apnea, including signs that may be reported by a spouse or other family member. Symptoms include:
Loud snoring is the most common symptom patients report, but not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Only a trained dental professional can determine if your snoring is a sign of a more serious problem.
Sleep apnea most often occurs when the muscles in the back of your mouth and throat relax during sleep. When these muscles relax, your airway may narrow or close as you inhale. Sleep apnea is a common condition that can affect adults and children but is more prevalent in adult men over the age of 40. Certain health factors, such as weight, alcohol use, smoking and a history of heart conditions, can also increase your risk of developing sleep apnea.
Our dentist can recommend oral appliances to help you breathe. A properly-fitted oral appliance can reposition your jaw to open your airway. We will work to reduce the severity of your snoring without compromising on your comfort so that you can get a full night’s sleep. Be sure to schedule a consultation with our dentist to determine if a sleep apnea oral appliance is right for you.