Are you getting a good night’s sleep? Is loud snoring keeping you or your partner awake at night?
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are two of the most common sleep disorders affecting approximately half of the adult population today. In addition to keeping a patient from getting a good night’s sleep, snoring and/or sleep apnea can also present a serious health risk and have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and systemic disease. Worcester, MA dentist Dr. Robert Gauthier,and Dr. Meaghan Murray work with patients to both treat snoring and determine if they are suffering from OSA.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
Diagnosing a sleep-related breathing disorder such as OSA typically involves the dentist as well as the patient’s physician and/or other specialists. Diagnostic imaging such as x-rays may be done to examine the airway and look for signs of blockage. A sleep study may be performed, either at home or at a specialist’s office, to evaluate the quality of sleep.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Russell Street Dental Associates offer oral appliance therapy to address the complications of snoring and reduce the health risks associated with OSA. Left untreated, OSA can significantly increase the risk of stroke and heart attack and impact the severity of systemic disease such as diabetes. Patients with OSA repeatedly stop breathing throughout the night, reducing oxygen flow to internal organs and causing the patient to awaken with a loud snore as breathing is restored. Although many patients are unaware of their snoring, many experience similar daytime symptoms related to the disorder.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Daytime sleepiness and the tendency to fall asleep while reading, watching television or driving
- Loud snoring
- Gasping while sleeping
- Dry mouth
- Morning headaches
- Problems with concentration, mood, and mental clarity
If you are concerned about snoring or a possible sleep disorder, discuss your symptoms with your dentist at your upcoming dental appointment. If you need an appointment, contact Russell Street Dental Associates in Worcester or schedule one online today. Restore your health with a great night’s sleep. Give us a call at (508) 687-6579, or request an appointment online today.