Sleep Apnea Treatment in Forest Hills, Queens
Sleep apnea is a disorder affecting millions of adults in the US. Generally, the disorder occurs when patients stop breathing for ten or more seconds at a time periodically during the night. There are two main types of sleep apnea – central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain fails to signal the body to inhale at regular intervals. This cessation causes the body’s panic system to respond triggering the heart to beat more quickly elevating blood pressure and awakening the sleeper briefly to restart breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as the name suggest occurs due to a physical blockage of the airway, but the mental and physical response to OSA is the same. In most cases, patients suffering from CSA will need to seek advanced treatment from a medical doctor, but those suffering from OSA may be surprised to hear that their dentist offers a comfortable, effective solution – oral appliances.
Importance of Sleep Apnea Treatment
Most patients who are diagnosed with sleep apnea think that continuous positive airway pressure is their only treatment option, and very few consider visiting a dentist for relief of sleep apnea. However, in many cases of mild to moderate OSA, patients achieve the desired relief with a compact, portable oral appliance. No two patients are alike, and not everyone responds to the same appliance. That’s why we’re happy to offer a variety of oral appliances that are custom crafted to meet patients’ needs and fit their unique smile.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
At the Forest Hills dental practice of Robert Miller, DMD, we offer skilled oral appliance therapy for patients suffering from sleep apnea or simple snoring. Allowing you to breathe easy and rest through the night. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea, believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, or have tried CPAP therapy without success, contact our team to schedule an oral appliance consultation today.