Sleep Apnea Treatment – Granby, CT
Stop Snoring and
Get Restful Sleep
Deep, loud snoring can be annoying for your partner, but it can also be a sign of a serious condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when breathing is interrupted during sleep, often by something obstructing the airway. To resume breathing, the brain forces the patient awake, preventing deep, restful sleep and potentially leading to medical conditions like high blood pressure. The good news is that our team at Salmon Brook Dental can provide sleep apnea treatment in Granby, CT and give you and your partner better sleep.
Why Choose Salmon Brook Dental Associates for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
- More Than 30 Years of Dentistry Experience
- Customized Oral Appliance for Comfortable Treatment
- Late and Saturday Appointments Available
How do Oral Appliances Work?
Traditional treatment for sleep apnea involves wearing a bulky mask and dealing with a loud CPAP machine. Many patients actually find this solution even more disruptive than sleep apnea itself! With Dr. Chawla and Dr. Endres, you can simply wear a customized oral appliance specially designed to reposition the jaw in order to keep the airways open. This more optimal position ensures that facial tissues don’t interfere with your breathing and enables you to finally achieve deep sleep throughout the night.
Sleep Apnea FAQ’s
Are you still curious about sleep apnea? If so, you’re in the right place! We want all our patients to have the information they need to feel confident in their treatment options. For any specifics, feel free to contact our office. Until then, we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about sleep apnea. Read on to learn more!
Who is at Risk of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects millions of people. While anyone can have it, you’re automatically at a higher risk if you are male, older, overweight, use alcohol excessively, and have a thick neck circumference. You may also have an increased chance of sleep apnea if you have family history and a narrow airway. If any of these factors sound familiar, plus you haven’t been sleeping well, contact our office.
What Happens if Sleep Apnea is Left Untreated?
Sleep apnea is a common disorder with an estimated 80% of cases left undiagnosed. That’s because this issue occurs at night, making it difficult to notice. However, it’s vital that you seek treatment as soon as you suspect you have sleep apnea because this issue can lead to potentially life-threatening dangers. There is a direct link between sleep apnea and obesity, which is why this condition can increase risks of issues like heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and more. However, it can also be dangerous for those around you—untreated sleep apnea makes it up to 5 times more likely for you to be involved in a car accident.
Why Should I Visit a Dentist for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Sleep apnea is a sleeping condition, so why should you visit the dentist for an overall health issue? As dentists, we have a deep understanding of the connection between your mouth, head, neck, and airway, making us the perfect spot to get quality treatment. Our dentists use effective, comfortable, and easy to use alternatives to the traditional CPAP machine via custom-made oral appliances. These are designed to shift your jaw and/or tongue in a position that opens your airway and keeps it clear for breathing. The best part is that your oral appliance is hassle-free, simple to travel with, and relaxing to wear.
How Do I Know if I have Sleep Apnea Versus a Different Sleep Disorder?
Sleep apnea is one of many sleep disorders, so how do you know which one you have? Many sleep issues come with the same symptom: sleepiness. But, you can be on the lookout for common warning signs of sleep apnea in addition to your daytime drowsiness. These symptoms include:
- Waking up gasping for breath throughout the night
- Waking up feeling out of breath in the morning
- Loud snoring
- Waking up with a dry/sore throat
- Morning headaches
- Lack of focus
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office!