The Nashua Patient’s Guide to Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep-Disordered Breathing?

Sleep-Disordered Breathing is the common spectrum of conditions. This ranges from simple snoring that disrupts the sleep of others to repeated blockage or collapse of the airway that interrupts your breathing while you sleep. The most severe form of this sleep disorder is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

OSA occurs when your tongue and throat muscles relax and cause your tongue to fall back into the airway creating a blockage. This can provoke you to stop breathing numerous times while sleeping. The resulting loss of oxygen causes a spike in blood pressure, an adrenaline-fueled escalation in heart rate, and a fragmentation of the sleep cycle.

The brain recognizes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream and responds by sending signals to your body to wake up and gasp for air. These episodes can happen hundreds of times each night, but most patients have no memory of them the next morning.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Loud and frequent snoring is one of the most common indications of sleep apnea. However, not everyone who snores suffers from a sleep disorder. Additional symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Frequently gasping for air at night
  • Waking up with a sore or dry throat
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Mood changes, like depression or irritability
  • Lack of energy and motivation
  • Acid Reflux
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Reduced libido
  • Nighttime sweating
  • Recent weight gain

If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Taking a sleep study is the only way to get a proper diagnosis and receive the quality care you need. These tests can be administered overnight at a sleep clinic or in the comfort of your own home.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Solutions

Our dentist offers effective treatments and CPAP alternatives for snoring and sleep apnea depending on your unique needs. We’ll do everything in our power to determine a solution that works best for you and put an end to your restless nights.

The first treatment prescribed for sleep apnea is often a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. It works by delivering a constant and steady air pressure through a tube and mask that’s worn each night. Though it’s effective, most patients are unhappy with their CPAP because it’s loud, uncomfortable, and restrictive.

We offer custom-made oral appliances as a more comfortable alternative to CPAP. Oral appliances are fitted to your unique bite for maximum comfort and convenience. This device works by gently shifting your jaw forward, clearing any obstructions in your airway while you sleep. They’re small, quiet, portable, convenient, and easy to use.

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