Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

Snoring and Sleep Apnea can have an impact on your daily life, your relationship and your health. These conditions may be treated effectively without the need for a mask or surgical procedures. Dr. Rotman can help with both conditions at our Middle Village location.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea can have an impact on your daily life, your relationship and your health. These conditions may be treated effectively without the need for a mask or surgical procedures. Dr. Rotman can help with both conditions at our Middle Village location.

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring is caused by soft tissue in the throat relaxing and restricting the airway during sleep. As air pushes past the relaxed tissue, vibration occurs and causes the noise we hear. It’s not unlike the effect of a reed in a musical instrument like a Clarinet or Saxophone.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition caused by soft tissue of the throat blocking the airway during sleep. When the airway is blocked, the person is unable to breathe for brief periods of time, until the body reacts enough to open the airway. This can lead to serious medical issues in addition to poor sleep.

What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Heavy snoring
Moments where breathing stops during sleep-this usually noticed by a partner
Feeling like you didn’t get a good night’s sleep
Drowsiness or fatigue
Morning headaches
Waking abruptly through the night
Irritability
Memory loss
Insomnia
Poor concentration
Lower productivity
Waking with a dry mouth or sore throat

How Can Sleep Apnea Cause Health Problems?

When someone’s airway is blocked and they stop breathing, it reduces oxygen levels in the bloodstream, which causes the heart to work harder. This can lead to a number of conditions including:

High Blood Pressure
Heart Disease
Stroke
Diabetes
Acid Reflux

How Can a Dentist Help with Sleep Apnea?

The dentists at Treatments for sleep apnea can lead to happier lives for you and your partner Dr.Rotman is a scientist of the mouth, which includes a thorough knowledge of the alignment of the jaw. This is important for the alignment and function of teeth, but everything in our bodies work as a system. If the jaw is too relaxed while you sleep, that may be the cause of sleep apnea. The same science that corrects a person’s bite applies to the position of your jaw while you sleep. We can make custom mouthpieces-oral appliances- that will keep the jaw in its proper place during sleep. This can treat both snoring and Sleep Apnea, and our custom oral appliances are far more comfortable and convenient than a CPAP mask.

Would you like to improve your sleep by treating snoring or Sleep Apnea without the use of a mask at night? We may be able to help. Call us today for an appointment.