Sleep Apnea

Dental Spa of Broad Street

Dentistry located in Clifton, NJ

Nearly 40% of adult men and 24% of adult women are habitual snorers, which may be a symptom of sleep apnea. If you snore or wake up feeling tired most days, Moise Nawlo, DDS, and Loay Shadid, DDS, are experienced and caring general and cosmetic dentists in Clifton, New Jersey, who can diagnose and treat sleep apnea. At Dental Spa of Broad Street, Dr. Nawlo and Dr. Shadid help men and women get relief from sleep apnea symptoms with oral appliance therapy. A custom-fitted oral appliance is an effective way to improve your overall health. Call for an appointment or schedule online.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

One of the most common sleep problems among adults is obstructive sleep apnea. Nearly 30 million adults in the United States have obstructive sleep apnea, which can cause you to stop breathing hundreds of times every night. Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic condition that occurs when the soft tissue in your mouth and throat relax too much and collapse to block your airways as you sleep. 

As a result, you don’t sleep well, you frequently stop breathing, and you may not receive enough oxygen. This potentially serious sleep disorder can lead to a variety of health issues, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Liver problems
  • Heart problems

And, if you have sleep apnea and you snore loudly, you may also be preventing your partner from getting a good night’s sleep, night after night. 

What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?

Just because you snore, you don’t necessarily have sleep apnea, but you might. The most common signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Irritability
  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for air
  • Morning dry mouth
  • Morning headache
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Insomnia 

Additionally, if you have these other symptoms, you could have sleep apnea without the loud, disruptive snoring. 

How does a dentist treat sleep apnea?

Getting diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea is extremely important for your overall health. The most common treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. This treatment involves wearing a facemask that’s connected to a tube on a machine that regulates the air pressure while you sleep. 

Since many adults find the CPAP machine uncomfortable to wear, the team at Dental Spa of Broad Street offers custom-fitted oral appliances. Oral appliances are an effective, portable way to treat sleep apnea without the inconvenience of a CPAP machine. 

The oral appliance fits comfortably in your mouth while you sleep, much like a sports mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer. 

To learn how a custom oral appliance can help you get a better night’s sleep and relieve your sleep apnea symptoms, call the office to schedule a consultation or book an appointment through the convenient online system.