If you suffer from or live with someone who suffers from chronic snoring, you are not alone. According to statistics, roughly half of an estimated 90 million chronic snorers in the United States may be suffering from a form of sleep apnea, a disorder which causes people to momentarily stop breathing while they sleep. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sleep apnea can go undiagnosed for years and can increase the risk for serious health complications like high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, discover how your dentist may be able to help you manage this condition.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Chronic snoring
- Visible pauses in breathing while sleeping (observed by another person)
- Gasping for air or coughing after pauses in breathing
- Waking up with headaches, sore throat or dry mouth
- Daytime sleepiness and exhaustion
- Mood, memory and concentration problems
Once a person has been diagnosed by a sleep specialist, a dentist can work with your primary care doctor to provide treatment using an oral appliance. An oral appliance helps to keep the airway open and regulate breathing during sleep. Dr. Sandra Eleczko, a dentist in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and the surrounding areas, offers this treatment option for patients suffering from sleep apnea.
Treatment and Relief From Your Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea and results when the muscles in the back of the throat relax during sleep, blocking the airway and interrupting the flow of oxygen in the airway. Because medical conditions like diabetes and being obese or excessively overweight can increase the risk of developing sleep apnea, management and treatment plans often include lifestyle modifications like weight loss. Traditional treatment options include CPAP, however, many people are not able to tolerate this machine or forget to wear it at night.
Dr. Eleczko offers oral appliance therapy to treat and manage the effects of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). An oral appliance works by repositioning the jaw allowing the airways to remain open and unobstructed during sleep.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, contact the office of Dr. Eleczko, a dentist in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and the surrounding communities by calling (585) 346-2320 to schedule a consultation today.