Sleep is the most vital part of our daily life. Deficiency in sleep can cause many health issues. A person becomes less active, more impulsive, may feel depressed and may tend to lose the ability to concentrate. Sleep deficiency can also lead to obesity, cardiac problems and other chronic health disorders. Obstructive sleep apnea, which is one of the common sleep disorders among the people here in the United States, can be treated through our dental office. Our renowned general dentist is a member of American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. We are able to provide treatment for sleep apnea and other sleep-related issues which are caused by breathing problems. If you are suffering from sleep-related problems, come visit our dental office APS Dental Center in Linden and Hazlet, NJ today.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition where the soft tissues in the throat tend to move backward and block the airway when a person is asleep. This forces the person to wake up constantly from sleep just to open up the airway for breathing. Sleep apnea is different from snoring. The condition is very dangerous and can potentially cause death. The quality of life is reduced and the person may feel weak and lazy during the day. In dentistry, there are many appliances specially designed to help get better sleep. Dentists can also perform surgeries to treat sleep apnea.
How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
It may be difficult for patients to find out if they have sleep apnea since the condition occurs when the person is asleep. Frequent awakening from sleep, breathing shortness and breathing pauses, loud snoring, daytime sleepiness and difficulty in concentrating on daily activities can be some of the symptoms. Snoring, on the other hand, is different from sleep apnea. The soft tissues in the throat partially block the airway when snoring and there may not be breathing pauses. Visit our dentist in Linden and Hazlet, New Jersey to find out how our treatment can help you improve the quality of your sleep.
Sleep Apnea Risk Factors
Sleep Apnea can affect anyone - young, old, male, female, and even children. If you've got any of the subsequent traits you will be at increased risk.
- Being Overweight
- Being Over the Age of (40+ for men, 50+ for women) – apnea happens frequently in older adults, particularly individuals older than sixty.
- Being Male - Men have double the danger of having apnea compared to girls.
- Smokers have a higher risk of sleep apnea.
- High blood pressure is extremely common in individuals with sleep apnea
- Family history – Sleep apnea can be seen among relations. This could be a result of either genetic traits or common lifestyles.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Treatment:
- No single treatments work for everybody.
- Talk to your doctor before selecting a treatment.
- Weight loss is suggested for those overweight.
- Reducing alcohol, not sleeping on your back, and limiting the use of nasal sprays may be useful.
- For gentle sleep disorder treatment is also optional.
- CPAP is usually recommended for moderate to severe symptoms. Oral appliances work best in low to the moderate sleep disorder.
- Surgery is also thought of wherever there's a definite obstruction to the nose and/or throat.
Losing weight, reducing the number of alcohol type drinks and avoiding sedatives have all been shown to assist improvement of the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Although it's less clear whether or not stopping smoking will improve the condition, you'll likely be suggested to stop for general health reasons. Sleeping on your side, instead of on your back, may additionally facilitate relief of the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) if you have been diagnosed with the condition.
Meet Dr. Charanjit K Sandhu for Sleep Apnea Treatment
Dr. Charanjit Sandhu has completed mini residency from “Tuft University School of Dental Medicine” and “American Academy of Craniofacial Pain” in 2015. She has taken multiple dental sleep medicine seminars thereafter from various educational facilities like “Sleep Group Solutions” to polish her skills. Nierman and Dr. Mayoor Patel’s Sleep, TMD and Cronofacial Pain Symposium and many more. She is a long standing member of AADSM.
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She will take initial evaluation records, Airway evaluation, and diagnostic sleep test from sleep lab referred by a board certified sleep physician. She will customize the sleep apnea treatment device and monitor the progress.
If you are not sure that you have sleep apnea but you snore, please schedule an appointment for free Sleep Score.