Obstructive Sleep Apnea
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder where patients’ breathing is interrupted as they sleep, starving the brain, as well as the rest of the body, of oxygen. Chronic sleep apnea is distruptive to sleeping patterns and can lead to a host of medical issues, including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, even heart failure.
While it is difficult to diagnose, but some sleep apnea symptoms include loud snoring, gasping or choking upon waking, headaches in the morning, waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat, as well as fatigue during the day and also while driving.
The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), where the airway collapses and is blocked during sleep.
How can Kent Dental Associates help?
Sleep apnea can be curtailed with some lifestyle modifications along with an oral appliance, similar to a mouth guard, that improves airflow by repositioning the tongue and jaw.
If you suspect you are suffering from sleep apnea, Kent Dental Associates can help book you into a sleep study to determine the type and severity of the sleep apnea.
If OSA is the diagnosis, Dr. Coletti has been specially trained to work with you on your sleep apnea treatment, utilizing lifestyle changes as well as fitting you with a comfortable dental appliance that will keep your airways unobstructed.
Let us help you get a good night’s sleep!