Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that interrupts regular breathing. This is caused by either a partially or completely blocked airway, which results in difficulty breathing. To alleviate this situation, the mouth must open, allowing for more air to flow freely and to restore normal breathing. This medical condition can lead to many dental problems that Dr. Marianna Farber at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry in New York City, NY can treat effectively. If you suspect that you snore while you sleep and may have sleep apnea, it’s important to schedule an exam with our general dentist to learn more about treatment.
Sleep apnea types
There are two different types of sleep apnea that treatment can help:
Central sleep apnea: During sleep, the brain sends signals to your muscles that they need to take in air. This does not occur in central sleep apnea, resulting in breathing irregularities.
Obstructive sleep apnea: This is the most common type of sleep apnea and is caused by a blocked airway. The soft tissue at the throat collapses while someone is sleeping.
Dr. Farber can offer sleep apnea treatment options that will ensure both your oral and overall health are at their best.
Symptoms of sleep apnea
The symptoms of both sleep apnea types can overlap. This makes it hard to know which type you have. The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Episodes where you stop breathing
Gasping or choking for air
Dry mouth when you wake up
If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can cause many short and long-term health risks, including an increased risk of heart disease or stroke, high blood pressure, increased risk of accidents, and an irregular heartbeat.
How snoring can affect your oral health
When it comes to oral health, extra oxygen isn’t always good. When the mouth is left open during the night, saliva dries out. If this continues, the salivary glands will begin to malfunction, which can lead to you not having enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. This condition is known as xerostomia – one of the leading causes of gum disease and tooth loss in New York City, NY.
A dry mouth is more likely to develop cavities, tooth decay, and a pH imbalance. Without the right amount of saliva, plaque can accumulate easily and can quickly dissolve tooth enamel. Untreated, bacteria can get inside the tooth and affect the nerves and tooth roots, resulting in the need for a root canal. Lack of saliva can lead to mouth infections, gum diseases, and burning mouth syndrome. A strict oral hygiene routine at home can help counteract xerostomia effects. Dr. Farber can provide professional advice on how to treat these sleep apnea related conditions.
Sleep apnea treatment options
An oral appliance for sleep apnea is an effective treatment option in New York City, NY. Dr. Farber will perform a full examination before making suggestions regarding how to treat your oral health problems. After an assessment at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry, she may refer you to eos Sleep, a New York City sleep center that can perform a sleep study. After a sleep study is conducted, she can evaluate your results to decide whether or not you have sleep apnea.
Once you have been diagnosed, she will work with your physician to determine the best sleep apnea treatment option for your health. This could be a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, a CPAP mask, or a custom night guard. This device is custom made to fit in your mouth as you sleep, helping to move the jaw forward to continue to keep the airway open for healthy sleep patterns. The oral x-ray impressions help Dr. Farber create the best possible device for you. Adjustments can be made to ensure it is comfortable.
Discover sleep apnea treatment options in New York City, NY
If you think that you may have sleep apnea, it’s important to quickly seek medical care. Sleep apnea can lead to serious oral health and overall health issues. Dr. Marianna Farber at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry helps her patients who are experiencing sleep apnea symptoms with a variety of sleep apnea treatment choices. In order to learn more about what sleep apnea treatment will work for you and to schedule a consultation, contact her New York City, NY office today.