Poughkeepsie Sleep Apnea Therapy & Snoring Treatment
Do you snore while sleeping? Many people assume this habit is harmless (if annoying to others in the household), but that might not always be true. In fact, it could be an indication of sleep apnea, which is a potentially dangerous health condition that can disrupt your rest, your wellbeing, and even your overall quality of life. At Hudson Valley Dental Arts, Dr. Larry Hamburg can provide valuable assistance treating sleep apnea through the use of a custom oral appliance. Contact our Poughkeepsie, NY office today if you’d like to learn more, or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when a patient’s airway becomes partially or fully blocked while they’re unconscious, resulting in a lack of adequate breath. This causes the brain to send out an emergency signal for the person to briefly wake up and correct the problem. While many patients don’t remember these instances in the morning, they can occur dozens, even hundreds of times every night, causing the patient’s deep sleep to be severely fragmented and ineffective. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include the following:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Daytime exhaustion and fatigue, no matter how much the patient slept the night before
- Problems with memory and concentration
- Morning headaches
- Morning dry mouth/sore throat
- Excessive irritability
- Choking and gasping during sleep
If left untreated, sleep apnea can have severe repercussions for your overall health. The risks of high blood pressure and heart disease are increased with sleep apnea, and the lack of quality rest can result in decreased work performance, damaged personal relationships, and even the more likely possibility of car accidents. Thankfully, patients from Poughquag, NY and surrounding areas can turn to our team for assistance.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Once it’s been determined that you’re suffering from sleep apnea, most doctors will recommend traditional CPAP therapy for treatment. While effective, many patients are unable to tolerate CPAP because of the bulky equipment and noise pollution involved. In mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, a custom oral appliance can provide life-changing results in a much more convenient and non-invasive fashion. By slightly readjusting the position of your mouth as you sleep, this device helps patients get the deep, uninterrupted sleep they deserve.