Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Airway & Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Having trouble sleeping or are you keeping others awake?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Upwards of 35% of Americans have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and 75% of people with severe sleep apnea are undiagnosed. OSA is due to either a partial or complete blockage in the back of the throat and or tongue during sleep. When the blockage occurs, your brain and vital organs are deprived of life-sustaining oxygen. It may occur hundreds of times during the night. Left untreated, OSA may increase the risk of high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and heart failure.
Some signs and symptoms of OSA are:
- unrefreshed sleep
- restless sleep
- morning headaches
- frequent urination at night
- memory impairment
- morning dry mouth or a sore throat
- erectile dysfunction
- OSA not only has been linked to obesity and memory problems, but it has also been linked to many automobile and truck-related accidents. It has also been linked to some of the train accidents that have been seen in the news.
Once OSA has been successfully treated it can restore normal breathing and improvement in sleep and ultimately your quality of life.
The WatchPAT is an innovative FDA cleared device for the diagnosis of OSA. It is a small wrist monitor which allows testing of a patients PAT (Peripheral Arterial Tone) in the comfort of their own home. Our office offers this technology to diagnose sleep apnea. We then work together with a sleep physician, your primary care physician, your cardiologist, and ENT to provide optimal patient care to treat your OSA and improve your quality of sleep.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
The CBCT or Cone Beam CT is a medical imaging technique which makes a 3-D representation of the tooth, bone, ligaments, and sinuses, etc. With this type of x-ray, we can see the head and neck in remarkable detail, from many different planes of view. 2-dimensional x-rays have many limitations on accurate diagnosis. The CBCT allows us to see areas of concern that don't show up on traditional x-rays. The CBCT is useful to assess impacted teeth, dental implant placement, review dental pathology, trauma, assess the TMJ joint, and evaluate the airway to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Our Green Vatech CBCT offers ultra-low dose radiation which minimizes unnecessary radiation exposure to patients.
Other Common Treatments for Sleep Apnea
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
One of the most common ways to treat sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP). CPAP machines use pressure to keep your airways open during sleep. They usually include a small machine, a length of tube, and a mask. The mask fits over your nose and mouth and blows air gently into your airway to keep it open during sleep. This method is highly effective for treating sleep apnea, but it is not the only method.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
Oral appliances that look like a mouth guard have also proven effective. The device is custom-made by a dentist, and it works by moving the tongue or lower jaw forward and upward, increasing the size of the airway. These devices are used mainly for patients who experience mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Contact Morningside Dental Care for Sleep-Related Issues
It is difficult to function well without good sleep. Sleep apnea can lead to depression, anxiety, and heart problems. Treating the condition will not only relieve your symptoms but also improve your mood and ability to function. Visit us at our Manhattan office for an examination and a recommendation for treating sleep apnea.
General Tips For Having Healthy Sleep Hygiene
Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day (even on weekends!)
Avoid caffeine consumption (for example, coffee, soft drinks, chocolate) starting in the late afternoon
Expose yourself to bright light in the morning - sunlight helps the biological clock to reset itself each day
Make sure your bedroom is conducive to sleep - it should be dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool
Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow
Don't go to bed feeling hungry, but also don't eat a heavy meal right before bed
Develop a relaxing routine before bedtime - ideas include bathing, music, and reading
Reserve your bedroom for sleeping only - keep cell phones, computers, televisions and video games out of your bedroom
Exercise regularly during the day
Don't have pets in your bedroom