Sleep Apnea Treatment in NJ
Snoring is a common problem and can affect men and women of all ages.
Snoring is caused by a narrowing or blocking of the airway. The disruption of airflow causes the soft palate and tissues of the throat to vibrate. The narrower the airway becomes, the louder the snoring. Snoring can often be treated by wearing a snore guard that maintains an open, unobstructed airway in the throat while you sleep. Some common causes of snoring include:
- Inflammation of the tissues in the mouth nose or throat (including tonsils)
- Blocked nasal passages (often caused by a cold or allergies)
- Lack of muscle tone (due to aging or poor fitness levels)
- Obesity causing the airway to narrow due to fat
- Medicines that cause relaxation
Obstructive sleep apnea is an ongoing condition that disrupts sleep.
When breathing is paused or becomes shallow, one will often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep, making the quality of sleep poor. Sleep apnea can be treated with lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, breathing devices, and/or surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea
What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?
Unfortunately, many patients aren’t aware that they have sleep apnea because they have no recollection of waking during sleep. The only sign of sleep apnea they might have is a persistent feeling of tiredness throughout the day, or perhaps never waking up feeling refreshed even after a full night of sleep. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include headaches in the morning, difficulty focusing, waking with a sore throat, snoring, or gasping for air in the middle of the night.
How can I stop sleep apnea?
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to sleep apnea, so effective treatment often hinges on having exceptional care from a dentist who specializes in sleep apnea, as we do at Champagne Smiles. After listening to your symptoms and examining your airway, we can offer a treatment recommendation tailored to your needs.
What causes sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in your throat and tongue relax during sleep, causing soft tissue to block your airway. While sleep apnea is often associated with obesity, you don’t need to be overweight to have sleep apnea. Other potential causes of sleep apnea include genetics, tobacco use, and alcohol use.
Is there a way to treat sleep apnea without a CPAP?
Yes, there are several ways to treat sleep apnea without a CPAP machine. Many patients find CPAP machines cumbersome and uncomfortable, making it difficult to sleep. Sleep apnea mouthpieces are an excellent solution in such cases. They work by repositioning the lower jaw, engaging the muscles in the airway to prevent the soft tissue from causing obstructions. Surgical treatment, too, can be used to reduce the amount of soft tissue as a treatment for sleep apnea.
What happens if sleep apnea goes untreated?
Untreated sleep apnea can have a significant impact on your quality of life and your overall health. High blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, chronic headaches, impotence, mood disorders, and memory problems are all associated with sleep apnea. When you’re sleep deprived, it can also impact your performance on the job, your family life, and your ability to be an active participant in your life. There’s no reason to suffer with constant exhaustion when there are simple treatment options to help you get a more restorative sleep each night.