Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment in Great Neck
Sleep apnea is a serious health condition that can disrupt your sleep and your everyday life. Sleep apnea causes pauses in breathing while you are asleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. While many people think of sleep apnea and snoring as a simple nuisance, untreated sleep apnea can eventually lead to more severe health conditions.
If you were diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea or believe that you may be suffering from OSA, Passes Dental Care can help you treat your condition through oral appliance therapy, an alternative sleep apnea solution that works just as well as traditional CPAP machines without the associated risks.
Schedule a free consultation with a sleep specialist at Passes Dental Care today by calling our Great Neck office at (516) 858-5921.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is quite common. About 25 percent of men and 10 percent of all women experience OSA, according to the Cleveland Clinic. OSA can affect people regardless of age, but it significantly impacts individuals who are older than 40 and overweight.
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by blockages in the airway during sleep. As the throat and tongue muscles relax while the patient sleeps, the soft tissue in the back of the throat can “collapse,” resulting in breathing difficulties. Many sleep apnea patients never realize that they have stopped breathing at intervals while asleep but may feel fatigued during the day. Someone other than the patient might first recognize sleep apnea symptoms, often a spouse or partner.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with sleep apnea include:
- Tiredness during the day
- Trouble sleeping
- Night sweats
- Lowered libido
- Gasping or choking awake
- Difficulty focusing on tasks during the day
Certain traits are commonly found in sleep apnea patients, including overbites, a short lower jaw, enlarged tonsils, obesity, a large neck, and a large tongue, among other traits.
Some individuals with mild sleep apnea only experience snoring. If you are snoring at night, our specialist at Passes Dental Care can treat the issue by helping you adjust your sleep patterns or by creating a custom oral device to prevent blockages in your airway at night. Our snoring therapy expert will help you settle on a treatment that works for you.
However, if you are suffering from more serious symptoms caused by OSA, where blockages in your airway keep air from getting in at all, it is crucial to schedule an appointment with our sleep expert so we can come up with a treatment plan. OSA can lead to long-term health consequences if left untreated.
Health Issues Caused by OSA
OSA can cause numerous health issues, including:
- Heart failure
- Arrhythmic heartbeat
- Liver failure
- Fatty liver disease
- Gastrointestinal issues such as GERD
- Metabolic disease
- Cognitive decline
Sleep apnea has even been known to cause death. For example, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher suffered from sleep apnea prior to her tragic heart attack at the age of 60 in 2016. Sleep apnea was determined to have played a role in Fisher’s heart attack and subsequent death.
Due to the risk of serious health issues and even a shortened lifespan, it is crucial to see a specialist if you are showing symptoms. The sleep expert at Passes Dental Care in Great Neck can help you find an appropriate solution and avoid the potentially severe consequences of failing to treat your sleep disorder.
Oral Appliance Therapy
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) devices have long been considered the standard for sleep apnea treatment, but many sleep apnea patients are ultimately non-compliant, meaning they can’t use the device effectively. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that CPAP machines are loud, bulky, and uncomfortable. They include a mask that covers the face and a compressor that delivers a steady stream of pressurized air into the airway via a hose.
CPAPs essentially force air into your air passages to prevent your throat from collapsing. Unfortunately, the large mask makes it difficult to sleep comfortably, and the noise the compressor generates can be highly irritating. Millions of these devices were even recalled by the FDA in 2021 because the sound abatement foam included in the device was found to disintegrate over time, causing carcinogenic foam particles to flow into a patient’s lungs.
At Passes Dental Care, we offer an alternative solution: oral appliances. Our custom-fit oral appliance is a non-surgical, non-invasive, noiseless device that fits snugly in your mouth while you sleep. Oral Sleep Appliances gently shift your jaw and tongue forward so that your air passages remain open all night and you can breathe easily. The device prevents the tongue and other soft tissue from blocking your airway while you sleep.
If you believe you might be suffering from sleep apnea, consider filling out the Epworth Sleepiness Questionnaire. This questionnaire can help you understand your level of risk. Once you have filled out your questionnaire, reach out to our specialists for a free consultation. We will go over your results and help you determine whether oral appliance therapy is a good option for your situation. Once we have impressions of your mouth, your oral appliance can be manufactured very quickly, and then you can start getting the rest you need and deserve without the snoring and health risks caused by sleep apnea.
Contact Passes Dental Care for Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment in Great Neck
If you have questions or concerns about obstructive sleep apnea, contact Passes Dental Care in Great Neck today. We understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and the potential dangers of letting OSA go untreated.
Health insurance typically covers the cost of sleep apnea treatment and Passes Dental Care is in-network with numerous insurance providers. We are also willing to work with any provider to help you seek the benefits you need.
To get a treatment estimate or schedule an appointment, call us at (516) 858-5921 or reach out to us online. We look forward to hearing from you!