Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment
While you sleep, a number of issues may be preventing you from obtaining a full night’s rest – but even more importantly, they could be causing serious risks to your health. Snoring, gasping, breathing pauses, morning headaches, and fatigue could be signs that you suffer from sleep apnea. The dentists at Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey offer effective solutions for sleep apnea that can reduce snoring and decrease life-threatening health risks. Our practice can also perform sleep studies in your own home, as opposed to a hospital setting or sleep center, that can help us understand the nature of your condition and prescribe effective treatment. Many insurance companies offer coverage for at-home sleep studies, as well as oral appliances to treat sleep apnea once you have completed a sleep study and have been medically diagnosed.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes muscles and soft tissues in the mouth, throat, and/or nasal passages to relax during sleep and reduce the amount of air that can travel through the airway. Snoring is often the most noticeable symptom of this; however, snoring and other symptoms – such as pauses while breathing of up to 10 seconds – may go completely unnoticed unless someone makes you aware of them. There are treatment options available, and because of the serious risks to your overall health caused by sleep apnea, it is important to have these conditions addressed as soon as possible
Sleep Apnea Health Risks
Sleep apnea, snoring, and pauses in breathing can cause a range of severe risks to your health, including:
- Sudden cardiac death
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Gastric reflux
- Loss of memory
- Sexual dysfunction
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Recent advances in sleep apnea treatment have paved the way for more comfortable and effective treatment options. Our practice will typically begin the treatment process with an at-home sleep study to monitor your condition. Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey works with a group of sleep physicians called ISleep, who offer at-home sleep studies so that patients do not have to go to a sleep center. Insurance often covers these at-home studies. Once you have been medically diagnosed with sleep apnea after a sleep study has been performed, we can then begin treatment with an oral appliance. With the diagnosis and sleep study, insurance will typically cover the oral appliance as well. Oral dental appliances for sleep apnea can resemble orthodontic retainers or mouthguards and are typically designed to keep your airways open and allow a more positive level of air to flow through. This can ultimately reduce snoring and other symptoms associated with sleep apnea. While C-PAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) devices are often used to treat sleep apnea, we offer a number of oral appliance options and will recommend the C-PAP only when necessary. We can also provide an Oral Sleep Apnea appliance for patients who cannot tolerate a C-PAP device.