Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that happens when regular breathing is interrupted. This is caused by a partially or completely blocked airway while sleeping. When this occurs, breathing is difficult and the mouth must open in order to allow for more air to flow freely. This can lead to a multitude of dental problems that Dr. Marianna Farber at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry can help treat. If you live in New York City, NY and suspect you’re snoring while you sleep, it’s important to schedule a dental exam as soon as possible.
Types of sleep apnea
There are two types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of the disorder and is the result of blocked airflow. This occurs when the soft tissue at the throat collapses while you are sleeping. Central sleep apnea is the type of sleep apnea that occurs when the brain has signal problems with the breathing muscles. The airway isn’t necessarily blocked, but the brain doesn’t signal these muscles to allow breathing. Regardless of which type of sleep apnea you have, Dr. Farber can offer sleep apnea treatment that will ensure that your oral health remains at its best in New York City, NY.
Sleep apnea symptoms
The symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apnea definitely overlap, which makes it difficult to determine which type you may have. The most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Episodes where you stop breathing (reported by a loved one)
- Choking or gasping for air during sleep
- Restless sleeping patterns
- Dry mouth when you wake up
- Morning headache
- Difficulty paying attention while awake
- Mood changes or irritability
When left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious short and long-term risks such as high blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease or heart attack, Type 2 diabetes, increased risk of driving or work-related accidents, and irregular heartbeat.
How snoring affects your oral health
Extra oxygen isn’t always a good thing, especially when it comes to oral health. When your mouth is left open, saliva dries out. If this problem continues, the salivary glands begin to malfunction, which leads to you not being able to make enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. This is known as xerostomia. Xerostomia is one of the leading causes of gum disease and tooth loss in adults in New York City, NY.
A dry mouth is more likely to develop a pH imbalance, cavities, and tooth decay. Without the proper amount of saliva, plaque can accumulate easily and dissolve tooth enamel. When left untreated, bacteria can permeate the tooth internally and affect the nerves and tooth root. Saliva is needed to cleanse the oral cavity thoroughly. Lack of saliva can lead to burning mouth syndrome, mouth infections, and gum disease. A strict oral hygiene routine can help to counteract the effects of xerostomia in your mouth.
Sleep apnea treatment
Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea is used to treat snoring in New York City, NY. Dr. Farber performs a full examination before making suggestions on snoring solutions for you. She is pleased to provide comfortable and dependable support that will help you to achieve better oral health. After an assessment at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry, Dr. Farber may refer you to eos Sleep, a New York City sleep center. After a sleep study is completed, a physician can evaluate your results to determine if you have sleep apnea.
Once diagnosed, she can work with your physician to determine the best snoring solution for your health, whether it’s a CPAP or a custom oral appliance. This customized device fits in your mouth while sleeping. It moves the jaw forward to continue to keep your airway open. This has significant improvements on your oral health. After oral x-rays, she can create impressions of your teeth to make a custom device that will work best for you. She will perform a fitting if adjustments are needed so that you can be as comfortable as possible while using your oral appliance.
Learn more about sleep apnea treatment in New York City, NY
If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible. Sleep apnea can wreak havoc on your oral health. Dr. Marianna Farber at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry helps patients who are experiencing sleep apnea symptoms with snoring solutions. To learn more about what she can do to help you and to schedule a consultation, contact her New York City, NY office today.