Northborough, MA Sleep Apnea Treatment
If your partner complains about your persistent snoring, it may be more than just an annoyance. Loud snoring can also be a symptom of a severe medical disorder called obstructive sleep apnea or OSA.
Many people experience what is referred to as simple snoring. But according to The American Sleep Apnea Association, nearly 40 million people may be suffering from OSA.
Until recently, the recommended non-surgical treatment for sleep apnea was a CPAP mask. Wearing a CPAP mask is very effective, but the problem is that it can be bulky and noisy, so many patients simply don’t use it as prescribed. But today, if you suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea, you may find relief with a simple customized oral device offered at Northborough Family Dental.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
When you sleep, your body relaxes, including the muscles in your tongue, jaw, and throat. For patients with sleep apnea, the tongue falls backward and constricts the airway, which prevents oxygen from moving freely into the lungs. This causes long pauses in breathing, and as the body struggles to restore the flow of oxygen, you may awaken slightly with a loud snort or gasping sound.
OSA occurs when your sleep is interrupted multiple times because of an insufficient flow of oxygen in the blood. In some cases, gasping for breath and waking up may be repeated hundreds of times a night. A patient with severe sleep apnea can stop breathing for minutes at a time.
Getting adequate sleep is essential for your mental and physical health. Without treatment, chronic snoring or sleep apnea puts you at a higher risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety, diabetes, and fatigue-related accidents.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
To determine if you have sleep apnea, you will need a home sleep study test used to detect sleep apnea episodes and monitor your heart rate and oxygen levels during sleep.
If we determine that you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, Northborough dentist Dr. Alex Moheban will recommend an oral device called OPTISLEEP to wear while you sleep. The customized appliance fits over your teeth and is designed to position your jaw slightly forward while you sleep, keeping your airway open so you can breathe comfortably throughout the night. Of the patients who use OPTISLEEP, 90% report a reduction in snoring and apnea episodes.
Your sleep study may determine that your sleep apnea is more severe, in which case Dr. Moheban will refer you to a specialist trained in sleep medicine.
Please Call to Arrange a Consultation
If you snore heavily or wake up feeling fatigued, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Please call our Northborough, MA dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Moheban to see if an oral appliance is the right solution for you.