If you’re one of the 22 million Americans with sleep apnea, a custom-made oral appliance can reduce your risk of serious health complications like high blood pressure and heart attack. The experienced team at MediDental Care dental clinic in Astoria, New York, can help identify sleep apnea during an office visit and then make your oral device after your diagnosis is confirmed. For a comfortable solution to correct your breathing, call MediDental Care in Queens or schedule an appointment online today.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that happens when your breathing temporarily stops for at least 10 seconds while you’re sleeping. When your breathing stops, it’s called an apnea. Apneas cause your blood oxygen levels to drop.
When you have sleep apnea, you can have between five and 100 apneas during a single hour of sleep. Five or more apneas are considered abnormal, and anything over 30 is severe.
There are several types of sleep apnea, but obstructive sleep apnea is the most common. If you have this form of sleep apnea, blockages in your throat -- usually because of the tongue and the soft palate -- cause your apneas.
Obstructive sleep apnea is typically due to being overweight or having narrowed airways, large tonsils, or nasal congestion. Certain medical conditions, like heart and kidney failure, can also cause sleep apnea.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
If you have sleep apnea, your symptoms often interfere with the sleep of others around you.
Sleep apnea disrupts the flow of oxygen within your body, which can lead to a variety of serious health complications, such as:
Certain cancers -- like renal, pancreatic, and skin cancers -- are also associated with untreated sleep apnea.
There are several treatments for sleep apnea, including masks worn while sleeping and surgery, but the experienced team at MediDental Care creates custom-made oral appliances. These devices are designed to adjust your jaw placement, so your throat remains open while sleeping.
During your initial consultation, your provider performs a digital scan to check your airway for signs of sleep apnea. Based on their findings, they refer you to Sleep Test -- a company that specializes in sleep studies.
After your sleep apnea diagnosis, your provider makes your oral appliance.
If you think you have sleep apnea, call MediDental Care or schedule an appointment online today.