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FAQs About Treating Sleep Apnea

Did you know studies show over 12 million people in the United States suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? Without treatment, this widespread disorder can lead to sleep deprivation and a myriad of complications for your overall health. Fortunately, we can help! Do you have questions about our sleep apnea treatments?

Frequently Asked Questions About Treating Sleep Apnea

Question: Why does OSA develop?

Answer: OSA happens when the soft tissues in the throat and mouth become too relaxed during sleep, collapsing and blocking airflow. Patients then stop breathing for brief periods until the brain wakes them. Despite having no memory of these episodes, they can happen hundreds of times per night, causing sleep loss.

Question: What are the warning signs of OSA?

Answer: Patients with the disorder may notice they feel sleepy during the day. Moodiness, difficulty concreting, dry mouth, and episodes of waking up gasping and choking could also be warning signs. Don’t ignore these possible symptoms. Instead, see your dentist right away for a thorough diagnosis.

Question: What oral appliances do you use?

Answer: We use Herbst and Moses oral appliances. They look similar to nightguards and are worn while you sleep. The devices help reposition the jaw, moving the jaw forward the keep soft tissues form collapsing and blocking airflow.

Question: Can I make changes to my lifestyle to help?

Answer: You can! First, try to avoid alcohol and caffeine before bed. Alcohol can prevent REM sleep and caffeine can make deep sleep difficult. You should also avoid exercise or large meals at least two hours before bed. You should try sleeping on your side instead of your back, and going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Finally, try to make sure your bedroom offers the perfect sleeping environment. You should keep the room dark, cool, and free of TV, computer, or smartphone screens.

Do You Have Questions About Treating Sleep Apnea?

If you have trouble sleeping we can help by offering comfortable and minimally invasive treatment options for sleep apnea. Contact us at our local Shrewsbury, MA office at 508-842-8838.