Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment
Snoring is a nuisance on its own, but in some cases it can indicate the presence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). At Advanced Dental Sleep Medicine, our team provides comprehensive sleep apnea and snoring treatment at our Stratford, Guilford, and New Haven, CT, locations. We network with local physicians in the field of sleep medicine to ensure patients receive a proper diagnosis to screen and evaluate symptoms that may simply be bothersome, or more seriously, increase your risk of developing other health conditions.
Understanding the Relationship Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Some people are chronic snorers due to obstruction related to excess tissue in the throat or nasal passages. Others may experience snoring intermittently with seasonal allergies, colds, or other illnesses. Sleep apnea, however, results in frequent periods of interrupted breathing throughout the night.
While snoring is often disruptive to a spouse or bed partner, the symptom alone is not indicative of sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep-related breathing disorders and is caused by a collapse of the soft tissues and muscles at the back of the throat. While snoring is often disruptive to a spouse or bed partner, the symptom alone is not indicative of OSA.
Are You at Risk?
Sleep apnea can affect patients of all ages. While the condition is most common in males over the age of 40, it can also affect women and children. Because weight seems to play a significant role in our risk for developing sleep apnea, some researchers have speculated that childhood obesity may be linked to the rise of pediatric sleep apnea.
Treatment Options for Snoring and OSA
Dr. Reza Radmand and our other dental sleep experts conduct the same thorough screening process for adult patients as their pediatric patients, and can refer patients to local physicians for a diagnosis. Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options available for snoring and OSA. If you do not have sleep apnea but still want a solution for snoring, a customized oral appliance can provide relief. If sinuses or allergies are contributing to the problem, we can provide a referral to an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist.
If you have OSA, we may also recommend the same type of oral appliance therapy. This custom-made appliance fits over the teeth similarly to a sports guard or retainer and is worn during sleep. The device moves the lower jaw forward, which helps keep the airway clear as you sleep.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are concerned that your snoring may be indicative of sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, take the first step towards a proper diagnosis. Please contact our dental sleep medicine facility by using our online form or call (203) 689-5313 to schedule an appointment.