Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment
Do you lie in bed at night not able to sleep because of your partner’s snoring? Do you feel sluggish in the morning like you really didn’t get a good night’s sleep even though you were out for at least eight hours? Do you fall asleep during the day? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you or your partner might have sleep apnea. Baystate Dental can help you by providing sleep apnea treatment.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
It is a disorder where a person has pauses in breathing while they sleep. You stop breathing several times throughout the night, but you are unaware of it. In severe cases, someone with sleep apnea can stop breathing more than 100 times a night, this means your brain and body are not getting the oxygen they need to survive and perform at their best.
Researchers have determined two types of sleep apnea — obstructive and central. With obstructive sleep apnea, something is blocking the airway. In this case, soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses to block your airway. This is the more common type of sleep apnea. With central sleep apnea is caused by instability in the respiratory control center where the brain fails to send the signal to the lungs that you need to breathe.
What Are the Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea?
While sleep apnea can affect anyone, you are more likely to experience it if you meet these criteria:
- Male over age 40
- Neck size greater than 17 inches for men or 16 inches for women
- Large tonsils
- Large tongue
- Small jaw bone
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Deviated septum
- Sinus problems
What Happens When You Have Sleep Apnea?
If you don’t get treated, you could be at increased risk of developing several other conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure or irregular heartbeat, heart attack, diabetes, depression, worsening attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and headaches. You could also perform poorly at work or in school, be involved in more car accidents or be an underachiever.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Come to Baystate Dental if you suspect you or your partner suffers from sleep apnea. Contact a location near you and we will work with any other doctors involved in your care to diagnose and treat your sleep apnea.
At Baystate Dental, we provide continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), dental appliances or mouth guards. These prevent obstruction of the airway while you sleep. They also stop snoring while you are sleeping. The CPAP machine uses three parts to send air into your throat so that your airways remain open at all times throughout the night. CPAP therapy includes a mask that fits over your nose and mouth, a motor that blows air and a tube that connects to the motor and mask.
Mouth guards and dental appliances also work to keep your airway open while you sleep. They are custom-fitted to your mouth. Your lower jaw is set slightly forward. The end goal is to keep the airway open. A tongue splint that forces the tongue to not block your airway may also be used.
Schedule a Consultation
Baystate Dental will have to evaluate your case to determine the best treatment option for you. To schedule your consultation, contact one of our many locations to serve you in Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Greenfield – Suite 6, Greenfield – Suite 7, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Northampton – King St, Springfield – Harrison Ave, Springfield – Main St #212, Springfield – Main St #215, Westfield, West Springfield, and Wilbraham, Massachusetts.