Achieve Healthy, Restful Sleep
Do you experience unexplained fatigue during the day, wake without feeling rested, or have trouble concentrating? Like many Americans, you may suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is usually associated with snoring, but it can have serious effects on your health and quality of life.
As part of our comprehensive approach to maintaining our patients' health, Advanced Dentistry of CT offers treatment for sleep apnea at our practice. Schedule an appointment today to learn more.
Advanced Dentistry of Connecticut received facility accreditation from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), joining an elite group of centers around the nation recognized for proficiency, professionalism and procedural excellence regarding the treatment of patients with sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing. Dr. Elnazer is an American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Diplomate. ABDSM is the board for the leading national organization for dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, an effective alternative treatment to the standard continue positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Earning Diplomate status from the ABDSM is a unique honor that recognizes special competency in dental sleep medicine.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat relax, obstructing the airway that allows breath into the lungs. This causes breathing to stop and start hundreds of times over the course of a night. These awakenings are so brief, sufferers have no memory of them the next day. As a result, many sufferers find themselves feeling tired and irritable in spite of what they believe was a good night's sleep.
Over time, sleep apnea can greatly increase your risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and other complications. The brief moments of oxygen deprivation that occur throughout the night over the course of many years places a tremendous strain on your body. The sooner sleep apnea is treated, the sooner you can begin experiencing restful sleep and a significantly reduced risk of serious health complications in the future.
If you snore, or if you find yourself feeling fatigued for no apparent reason, our dentists can refer you to a specialist who can perform the necessary diagnostics. If you have been diagnosed with this disorder in a sleep lab, our practice will work with you to begin implementing treatment.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Depending upon your needs, sleep apnea treatment can either be conservative or aggressive.
Sleep apnea treatment includes:
- Weight loss
- Abstaining from alcohol and sleep aids
- Changing sleeping position
- Quitting smoking
- Oral appliances to bring the jaw forward and open the airway
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine
- Surgery to soft tissues like the palate, tonsils and throat, or skeletal jaw surgery
We prefer a comprehensive approach to treatment, and closely monitor patient's therapy. Each patient responds differently to sleep apnea, and we will work closely with you to determine what course of action will provide you with the greatest relief.
If you suffer from unexplained fatigue, irritability, or forgetfulness during the daytime, you may suffer from sleep apnea. This common sleep disorder can have a debilitating effect on your quality of life, and can lead to more serious complications. We can help. Dr. Elnazer of Advanced Dentistry of Connecticut is an experienced general dentist serving patients in Fairfield, Bridgeport and Stratford. To learn more about our comprehensive approach to sleep apnea treatment, contact us today.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Your oral health has a major effect on your overall health. At Advanced Dentistry of Connecticut, we do everything we can to help our patients experience excellent oral health as well as overall health. A number of our sleep apnea patients have suffered with this condition for years, but it never occurred to them to discuss it with a dentist. We will perform an in-depth examination to identify your needs and determine the best course of treatment. Achieve lasting relief today; contact our office to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you.