Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can cause obstructions in you breathing, and in some cases can threaten your life. Fortunately, there are treatments to help protect you from the negative effects of this dysfunction. Please call our office at 508-366-1911 to learn more about sleep apnea in Westborough, Massachusetts, and to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentist, Dr. George Ghaly.
Sleep apnea is marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing while you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as collapsed tissues or the tongue rolling back in the throat. Often, sleep apnea goes unnoticed by the person suffering from it, and is only obvious to family members or spouses who are awake while the patient is asleep. When left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, liver problems, and other serious health conditions.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Extreme drowsiness during the day
- Personality changes and irritability
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
- Frequent morning headaches
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, please speak with our dentist, as well as with your doctor, to arrange an evaluation.
Your treatment will depend on the severity of your condition. For mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, we may recommend an oral appliance. This device fits over your teeth and keeps your airways open while you sleep by preventing your tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents blockages in your air passageway while you sleep.
For more information on sleep apnea, and to make an appointment with our dentist, please call our office today at 508.366.1911.