Stop snoring, sleep in comfort, wake rested,
A guide to effective, hassle-free sleep apnea treatment
Ridgewood Dentistry stands out favorably from other dental offices in Bergen County and greater northern New Jersey. Our experienced and talented dentist, Dr. Warren Boardman, has considerable expertise that transcends retaining or restoring the health, function, and appearance of the teeth and gums. Over a roughly 10-year period, he has acquired a 97% success rate in treating more than 1,500 patients with snoring and sleep apnea.
The problem: Snoring and sleep apnea
A type of Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB), sleep apnea is a serious condition defined as cessation of breathing for 10 to 30 seconds each time and up to 400 times each night. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the most prevalent form, arises when the airway is blocked during sleep due to the relaxation of the tongue and soft tissues in the throat.
Prompt and effective treatment is essential because of the risk of hypoxemia or low blood oxygen, hypertension, coronary artery disease, and cardiac events such as stroke and sudden death.
Diagnosing sleep apnea
A characteristic loud and irregular snoring may be a symptom of sleep apnea. Daytime fatigue, for instance, makes you more susceptible to causing or being involved with severe workplace and road accidents. In addition to a persistent lack of energy, you may experience:
- Frequent sore throats
- Habitual headaches, especially upon waking
- Mood changes; irritability and depression
- Memory and cognitive impairment
- Low libido
Other household members may also notice that you frequently wake up gasping and choking and observe frequent pauses in breathing when you sleep. Even if all of these symptoms sound scarily familiar to you, we will not know the nature or severity of your concerns until a proper evaluation is completed.
A formal home sleep test and polysomnogram may be used to make a diagnosis. By measuring the number of “apneic” events each hour, Dr. Boardman can determine the severity of underlying sleep apnea (“mild, moderate,” or “severe”). He also works closely with other clinicians throughout the area, including sleep specialists; ear, nose, and throat specialists; pulmonologists; and cardiologists to develop a treatment plan that works to quickly restore your sleep and wellbeing and to prevent the many serious health complications associated with sleep apnea.
The treatment: CPAP and Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
Traditionally, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy has been the “go-to” treatment for sleep apnea. However,the CPAP machine is a hassle to maintain, and the mask is a hassle to wear when winding down during sleep. Additionally, the CPAP machine is associated with health complications, including many respiratory issues such as sinus infections, bronchitis, and congestion.
Dr. Boardman and our team at Ridgewood Dentistry are pleased to offer a hassle-free way to address disruptive habitual snoring and sleep apnea. When properly selected and custom-designed, Oral Appliance Therapy significantly improves the quality of your sleep, relieves other distressing symptoms, and prevents the many systemic health effects associated with OSA. Additionally, many oral appliances are covered by Medicaid, and most insurance plans as a “medically-necessary” therapy.
The process is simple. First, we take a digital impression. This information is then used to make your custom-fit, one-of-a-kind oral appliance. Just slip the device into your mouth before you go to bed. The appliance advances the lower jaw forward. By adjusting the jaw, the tongue and throat tissues are also repositioned. They do not become overly lax or collapse into the airway during sleep. The result is uninterrupted, truly restorative rest.
Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Boardman. Call Ridgewood Dentistry at (201) 448-8605 today.