Do you or your partner snore? Snoring on its own can be harmless, but sometimes snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition that obstructs breathing during sleep. You may not wake up if you snore regularly, but with this condition you may wake up finding it difficult to breathe.
When you fall asleep, the tissues in your airways relax and can become smaller. However, airways can become obstructed by these tissues. In severe cases, if a person does not wake up when obstruction occurs, they could have a stroke, heart attack, or die because of the condition.
Dr. Raj Upadya and his professional team offer sleep apnea treatment to patients in the area. The Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry provides patients with solutions to oral health solutions of every kind. But what are the other signs of OSA to look out for, and how is the condition treated?
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Dr. Raj Upadya has advanced training in treating diagnosed sleep disorders. If necessary, Dr. Upadya will work with your physician to coordinate a diagnostic sleep study for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be treated with oral appliance therapy which includes customized splints, mouth guards and night guards. Mild or moderate cases of OSA can be treated using oral appliance therapy. Before treatment, Dr. Kim will review your symptoms and take your budget and health into consideration before making a decision. If oral appliance therapy is chosen for treatment, Dr. Kim will take dental impressions of teeth and gums to craft your custom oral appliance.
Oral appliances are designed to keep the airways open during sleep. The fit comfortably in the mouth and prevent snoring and other sleep apnea symptoms. Most patients will use their oral appliance nightly, the key to reducing the health risks associated with sleep apnea. Oral appliances act similarly to mouth guards in that they keep teeth from touching. They can also reposition and stabilize the lower jaw and tongue. This solution also increases the muscle tone of the tongue.
Request an Appointment Today
Call the Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry for comfortable and comprehensive treatment in East Hanover, NJ at (973) 287-3153. You can also request a consultation with Dr. Upadya online here.