How do you feel when you wake up? Do you feel refreshed? Alternatively, do you wake up with a dry mouth, a sore jaw and like you haven't slept at all? A proper night's sleep is essential for cognitive function and the regulation of your emotions. Poor sleep leads to serious health issues such as anxiety, depression and high blood pressure. A common cause of disrupted sleep is a condition known as sleep apnea. National Dental Upper East Side can help with oral appliance therapy.
What is Sleep Apnea?Sleep apnea is a condition in which you stop breathing for several seconds while you sleep. In some cases, you may even stop breathing for up to 90 seconds at a time. This can happen several times during the night (up to 30 or more). When you stop breathing, you wake up, even if you don't remember the episode. As a result, your sleep is constantly interrupted, and you wake up exhausted.
There are several causes of sleep apnea, including a blockage in the airway (your tongue, excess tissue), your brain may not communicate properly with your muscles or a combination of the two. Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Diagnosing Sleep ApneaWhen it comes to diagnosing sleep apnea, a trained sleep specialist is required. We work with a network of world-class sleep doctors, who can diagnose, and help you manage, your specific sleep issues.
Oral Appliance TherapyFor mild to moderate sleep apnea, we can provide you with a custom-fit oral appliance. It can also be used as an alternative to the C-PAP machine, for the many patients who cannot tolerate it. For many, this is the only treatment that is needed and can prevent apneic events from occurring while you sleep.
The night guard is designed with a specific purpose in mind. As you sleep, your muscles relax, including the ones in, and around, your mouth. These muscles then slip back into your throat, effectively blocking your airway. An oral appliance works to correct this problem. When you fall asleep, and your muscles relax, the oral appliance keeps your jaw from sliding back. In turn, this helps to keep your tongue forward, preventing any blockages from occurring.
The important thing to keep in mind is that you should have a custom-fit oral appliance from our office. There are oral appliances that you can get from your local drug store, but they can make the problem worse. Some can put your jaw in a more harmful position, while others may require you to clench to hold them in place. We can provide you with a custom fit, FDA approved oral appliance that will allow you to get the sleep you need, allowing you to stay well rested and healthy.
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If your sleep is being ruined on a nightly basis, call National Dental's Sleep Department today at (516) 208-4276. With the help of certified sleep experts, we can diagnose sleep apnea, and provide you with a custom-fit oral appliance, allowing you to get the rest you need.