Sleep Apnea

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Sleep Apnea services offered in Pomona and Bronx, NY and Greenwich, CT

You no longer have to wrestle with an uncomfortable machine to treat your sleep apnea. Among their full range of comprehensive and specialized dental services, Sangeeta Sethi, DDS, Ramji Sethi, DDS, and the skilled team of healthcare professionals at Sethi Dental can relieve your sleep apnea symptoms. If you live in Greenwich, Connecticut, the Bronx area of New York City, Pomona, New York, or surrounding neighborhoods, schedule a visit by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea causes your breathing to stop at times while you’re sleeping. When your breathing stops for at least 10 seconds, it’s called apnea. If you have sleep apnea, you can have from five to 100 apneas in a single hour. Having five apneas is considered abnormal, and anything over 30 is severe.

There are many types of sleep apnea, but the most common is obstructive sleep apnea. Blockages or narrowing in your throat, mouth, or nose that lead to breathing disruptions cause this type of sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is typically due to narrowed airways, nasal congestion, or carrying excess weight.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea causes several symptoms, including:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up with a dry throat or headache
  • Disrupting the sleep of those around you
  • Feeling unrested, unfocused, and irritated
  • Waking up frequently or tossing and turning 

In addition to uncomfortable symptoms, untreated sleep apnea can lead to several health complications.

What are the risks of sleep apnea?

Continued reductions in your oxygen levels due to sleep apnea can harm your health. Some of the health complications they cause include:

  • Diabetes and obesity
  • Stroke and high blood pressure
  • Work or driving-related accidents
  • Mood disorders like depression
  • Behavioral and cognitive issues
  • Heart failure, heart attack, and irregular heartbeats

Left untreated, sleep apnea can also cause higher rates of cancer.

How do dentists treat sleep apnea?

The team at Sethi Dental has extensive experience treating sleep apnea.

The team may have you wear an oral appliance to treat sleep apnea while you sleep. These devices are similar to an orthodontic retainer or mouthguard and are specially designed to hold your jaw in a forward position. This change in alignment prevents your airway from collapsing and obstructing your breathing.

Unlike uncomfortable and noisy CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines, using an oral device to treat your sleep apnea is quiet, comfortable, and easily portable. In addition to treating sleep apnea, the team might also recommend devices to reduce snoring in adults.

Don’t ignore your sleep apnea symptoms. Call Sethi Dental to schedule an appointment or request a consultation online today.