Sleep apnea is a problem that plagues many people. This common sleep disorder is characterized by interruptions and pauses in breathing patterns during sleep, and can often lead to increased risk of more serious medical conditions. At Bayview Dental Care, we are dedicated to helping you improve both your oral and overall health, and offer solutions for sleep apnea to help you rest better at night. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Marcia Greene and learn more about sleep apnea dentistry in Staten Island, New York, call our office at 718-273-8686.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a medical condition that causes your sleep to be fragmented, and which results in decreased oxygen levels in your body. The pauses and interruptions in breathing that mark this disorder are often caused by airway obstructions in the throat, such as collapsed airway tissues or the tongue rolling back. These interruptions in breathing may occur multiple times each night, and in some cases the pauses have been known to last for significant lengths of time before breathing resumes.

Because OSA is a sleep disorder, it can be difficult to diagnose. In fact, many people who suffer from this condition are unaware that they have it, and the problem is first noticed by their loved ones. Some common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Frequent snoring
  • Choking, gasping, or snorting sounds while asleep
  • The sensation of choking or gasping during sleep
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness (hypersomnia)
  • Long pauses in breathing
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath
  • Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
  • Having a dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
  • Frequent visits to the bathroom throughout the night
  • Poor, fitful, or restless sleep
  • Depression
  • Irritability, moodiness, or frequent mood changes
  • Feeling out of breath when waking
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Memory impairment
  • Insomnia

There are several solutions available to treat sleep apnea. For patients with minor to moderate sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy relies on a custom-made mouthpiece to keep the airways open at night, allowing you to breath with ease and helping you rest better at night. Oral appliance therapy is often recommended as an alternative to using a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device. In extreme cases, a surgical procedure may be required to adjust the position of your jaw in order to keep your airways open at night.

If you have any questions about sleep apnea dentistry, and to make your appointment with our experienced dentist, please contact our practice today.