Sleep Apnea Specialist

Dental Professionals of Jersey City

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Jersey City, NJ

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can hinder your quality of life and even become life-threatening. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer from sleep apnea symptoms. At Dental Professionals of Jersey City, Paul Lustiger, DDS, Alexander Hahn, DMD, and the experienced team offer treatments that help you breathe easier, get quality sleep, and have more energy throughout the day. Call the Jersey City, New Jersey, to learn more about sleep apnea treatment or schedule an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea treatment?

Sleep apnea treatment at Dental Professionals of Jersey City involves various strategies that ease symptoms of sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep.

Pauses in breathing may last a few seconds to minutes and can occur as many as 30 times or more each hour of sleep.

What are the signs of sleep apnea?

Ongoing disrupted breathing can cause an imbalance between oxygen and carbon dioxide in your bloodstream. If you have sleep apnea you might experience the following symptoms:

  • Loud snoring
  • Choking sensations
  • Headaches when you wake up
  • Irritability
  • Episodes of not breathing during sleep
  • Dry mouth
  • Gasping for air when you sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty staying asleep

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can become fatal. It affects about 10% of American men and 6% of women over the age of 40. Treating sleep apnea can drastically improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of serious health complications.

What is the treatment for sleep apnea?

Your provider at Dental Professionals of Jersey City reviews your symptoms and medical history, completes an exam, may conduct certain tests, and discusses sleep apnea treatment options with you. Examples include:

Lifestyle changes

Your dentist may advise you to stop lifestyle habits that aggravate sleep apnea, such as alcohol consumption, smoking, and using tranquilizers.

Dental devices

Dental devices gently shift your lower jaw forward while you sleep to prevent the tongue from blocking your airway.

These devices can alleviate sleep apnea symptoms, such as snoring and choking. They are easy to wear, gentle, and help you avoid invasive surgeries. Examples of dental devices include:

  • TAP® 3 (Thorton Adjustable Positioner) appliance
  • OASYS Oral/Nasal Airway System™
  • KlearwayTM appliance
  • Herbst telescopic appliance

Your dentist discusses the benefits of each device with you and lets you know which one best matches your needs.

Surgery

Dental surgery is a permanent solution for sleep apnea. Your dentist surgically repositions your lower jaw to pull the bone holding your tongue slightly forward. Dental surgery is a simple procedure with high success rates.

Which sleep apnea treatment is right for me?

After a thorough consultation and exam, your dentist lets you know which sleep apnea treatment is right for you. The best option is based on your individualized needs and preferences.

When you’re ready to sleep safely and soundly, schedule an appointment with Dental Professionals of Jersey City by phone or online today.