High blood pressure, loud snoring at night, and daytime sleepiness can all be symptoms of sleep apnea.
The right treatment can help you overcome your sleep disorder so you can sleep easily again.
Dr. Mohamed Elnazer in Stratford, CT, can customize a treatment plan that relieves your symptoms and improves your quality of life.
Recognizing Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can keep you from getting restful sleep at night. Left untreated, this sleep disorder can cause daytime sleepiness, an inability to concentrate, and other side effects that interfere with your ability to be productive throughout the day. It can also increase your risk of several serious health issues, including heart disease and diabetes.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of the condition. It is frequently treated with custom oral appliances or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines. Central sleep apnea is another form of the sleep disorder. It can be more difficult to treat, requiring care from a sleep specialist.
Why Visit Us For Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Dr. Mohamed Elnazer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Earning Diplomate status from the ABDSM is a unique honor that recognizes special competency in dental sleep medicine. Dr. Elnazer also completed a mini-residency in adult dental sleep medicine at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He is uniquely qualified to help you find relief from your symptoms with effective sleep apnea treatment.
A Closer Look At the Different Types of Sleep Apnea
Depending on your symptoms, Dr. Elnazer may be able to diagnose your sleep apnea during a consultation at our Stratford, CT, office. However, he may have to refer you for a sleep study conducted by a sleep specialist to confirm a diagnosis.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the upper airways are blocked by the soft tissues of the throat. Your throat muscles may relax too much, blocking the passage of air in your throat and nose. Once the airway is closed, it becomes more difficult to breathe.
Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea occurs when signals from your brain that tell your body to breathe become interrupted. Since this form of sleep apnea is more complex, it requires treatment from a physician.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea often cause these symptoms:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Headache in the morning
- High blood pressure
- Consistent snoring
- Constantly waking up throughout the night
- Gasping for air at night
- Dry mouth when you wake up
If you struggle with any of these symptoms and suspect they may be caused by sleep apnea, contact Advanced Dentistry of Connecticut in Stratford to get started with care that can help you sleep soundly again.
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What Can Cause Sleep Apnea?
There are some health factors that can increase the risk of sleep apnea, including:
- Sinus issues
- Being overweight
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Taking sedatives
Certain lifestyle changes can help improve your symptoms, but these alone don't work for all patients. This is where effective options like oral appliances and CPAP come in.
How We Treat Sleep Apnea
A popular method for dealing with sleep apnea is wearing an oral appliance that opens your airways during sleep. The mouthguard positions the jaw slightly forward, which repositions the throat tissues. This will leave your breathing unobstructed, giving you a good night's sleep. Dr. Elnazer can design a customized mouthpiece that's comfortable to wear and brings you effective relief.
A continuous positive airway pressure ventilator, commonly called CPAP, is another sleep apnea treatment that can help you breathe easier at night. A mask fits over your nose or mouth and delivers pressurized air directly to your airways, making it easier to breathe. Dr. Elnazer can help you carefully determine which option is best for you.