Does your partner complain about you snoring? Snoring itself is relatively common, and in most cases it might not be anything serious. But it can also be a sign of a condition known as Sleep Apnea Hawthorne NJ - and if that is the case, it is something you’ll want to have treated as soon as possible. But what is sleep apnea, and why is it a problem?
Put simply, sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder characterised by irregular changes in the breathing pattern. Given that these changes, along with the snoring that goes with them, are the main symptoms, it is easy to see why this is a condition which can go undiagnosed for a long time. In some cases, individuals have sleep apnea for years before they even become aware of it being a problem. Usually, it is only when someone else points it out that they start to seek treatment for it.
And as it turns out, seeking treatment might actually be quite important. The most common form of the condition is that known as obstructive sleep apnea, which is an apnea caused by the throat muscles relaxing during the night. Other forms, such as those where the central issue is with the brain, rather than the throat, will have other kinds of treatment. But for the most common type, there are treatments which you can receive, and that is something that Hawthorne Dental Associates can help you with.
To begin with, it is usually necessary that we determine exactly your condition as you are sleeping. The more data we have on this, the better our treatment will be, and the more effective the results. For this purpose, we will carry out a sleep study first and foremost. Then it is a matter of determining the best next step. This might be to administer you with an oral retainer to wear while sleeping, or it could mean the use of CPAP. This is a machine which delivers air pressure through a mask - particularly effective, but often cumbersome, and uncomfortable for many people. For this reason, this will generally be our last resort option, preferring to go for the use of oral tools first and foremost.
However we decide to do it, you can be sure that we will find the best solution for you as an individual, and you will of course be consulted at every stage of the journey as to what you would prefer as well. The main thing for most people suffering this condition is to know that there is something that can be done - we are proud to say that we offer that very peace of mind, and that you can count on us to deliver the right treatment for you every time.
If you are concerned about sleep apnea, don’t hesitate to get in touch and book an appointment with us.