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Sleep Apnea Summit, NJ

Sleep ApneaAn Overview

Sleep apnea is a common and complex health condition affecting millions of Americans. This condition can cause oral and systemic health complications that can impact the quality life. People with sleep apnea are unable to enjoy a full restful night of sleep. If you wake suddenly gasping for air, wake with chronic headaches, have trouble focusing during the day, find yourself falling asleep during the day, or snore loudly, you may be experiencing this type of sleep disorder. Chronic fatigue, depression, and irritability are also symptoms.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Snoring by itself is generally not a health problem but it can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 50% of people who snore loudly have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It is typically caused by an obstruction of the upper airway during sleep resulting from the collapse of soft tissues at the back of the throat. The airway becomes blocked, and patients are momentarily unable to breathe, cutting oxygen off from vital organs.

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If you or someone you know snores loudly, you might not think of visiting the dentist for treatment. Summit, NJ area dentist, Dr. Raj Upadya, practices what is known as “complete dentistry”, considering the patient as a whole to treat underlying problems and conditions associated with the mouth, teeth, and TMJ. The position of the jaws and related structures influences the development of sleep apnea, making the dentist a key professional in the diagnosis and treatment for select cases. Dr. Upadya has advanced training in treating diagnosed sleep disorders. If necessary, Dr. Upadya will work with your physician to coordinate a diagnostic sleep study.

Risk Factors

There is no single cause for snoring or sleep apnea. Anyone could develop it however there are several risk factors including:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Family history of OSA
  • Smoking
  • Narrow airway or small lower jaw
  • Constant nasal congestion
  • Women who are post-menopausal
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Being a male over 40 especially if you have a large neck circumference

Snoring and OSA can be made worse by drinking, smoking or using sedatives. Untreated sleep apnea in adults could lead to an increased risk for developing heart disease, high blood pressure due to drops in the blood oxygen level, type 2 diabetes, and strokes. If left untreated, the higher risk of developing larger health problems can make existing medical conditions harder to manage.

All the staff were pleasant and helpful! Dr.Raj is great! Hes very knowledgable and makes sure you are comfortable and satisfied with your dental treatment!Jalynn F.
Amazing dentist. Extremely knowledgeable about malocullsion issues which is what I came in for. Look forward to working with him and fixing my bite.Patrick Z.
Dr. Raj and his entire staff are absolutely phenomenal at what they do! I’ve never had such a good experience with a dental facility. I came here with clicking in my jaw and a number of other issues. Everyone is so kind and personable. Not only is the service they…Megan W.

Sleep Apnea What to Expect

Treating Sleep Apnea and Snoring

There are many treatments available for snoring and sleep apnea but Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry in the Summit, NJ area focuses on oral appliance therapy. These special, customized dental devices fit comfortably in the mouth. They are worn while you sleep to keep the airway open and prevent snoring and other symptoms. Most patients will use their oral appliance nightly, the key to reducing the health risks associated with sleep apnea. The oral appliances we offer include customized splints, mouth guards, and night guards. Oral appliances work by:

  • Repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate or uvula
  • Stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue
  • Increasing the muscle tone of the tongue

Schedule a Consultation

Learn more about Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment available at Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry. Our office is conveniently located in the East Hanover, NJ and Summit, NJ area. Dr. Raj Upadya gladly welcomes new patients and out of town patients.