LOOKING FOR A SLEEP APNEA SPECIALIST IN PELHAM OR NEW ROCHELLE?
Sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder that can have a major impact on your overall health and well-being. If you are concerned that you may have sleep apnea, it’s important to talk to your doctor or dentist about it.
Dental Arts of Pelham is well-equipped to help diagnose and treat sleep apnea and can provide you with the care and support you need to get a good night’s rest.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep. It is characterized by pauses in breathing that can last from a few seconds to several minutes. These pauses can occur hundreds of times a night and can be caused by a variety of factors, including obesity, smoking, alcohol use, and certain medications.
When left untreated, sleep apnea can cause serious health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It can also cause daytime fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:
The most common symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring, but there are other signs as well. These include:
• Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
• Difficulty staying asleep
• Frequent pauses in breathing during sleep
• Excessive daytime sleepiness
• Feeling irritable or having difficulty concentrating
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your dentist right away.
Diagnosing and Treating Sleep Apnea
At Dental Arts of Pelham, your dentist can help diagnose and treat sleep apnea. They may recommend a sleep study to help confirm the diagnosis. During a sleep study, your breathing and other body functions are monitored during sleep to determine if you have sleep apnea.
Once the diagnosis is confirmed, your dentist can recommend treatments to help you get a better night’s rest. These treatments can include lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and quitting smoking, as well as the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. In some cases, a dental device such as a mandibular advancement device (MAD) can be used to keep the airway open during sleep.