There are three kinds of sleep apnea and we can treat you for any of them here at Fifth Avenue Dental Associates. The most common type of obstructive sleep apnea, in which your breathing may become shallow during sleep. At times, it can even stop all together. If that seems frightening, we understand. This shallow or temporarily ceased breathing can occur multiple times per night, repeating until you awake. It could happen as many as hundreds of times during one night of sleep. Blockage of your airway can be either partial or complete. But in either instance, your body has to work hard to keep the airway open and breathe effectively. Our sleep apnea treatment in Bay Ridge can relieve this and the side-effects that can often accompany it, including fatigue from unsatisfying sleep. The other two types are central sleep apnea and a form that is a cross between obstructive and central. In central sleep apnea, your muscles don’t receive the proper signals from your brain and this results in your breathing pattern being disrupted.
With obstructive sleep apnea, symptoms to be aware of are being tired during the day, even after a full night’s sleep, difficulties waking in the morning, night sweats, morning headaches, dry mouth or sore throat first thing in the morning, sexual dysfunction, and a waking suddenly in the night with a feeling of choking or gasping. If you have a bed partner, ask them if you snore or if you are restless during sleep. Experiencing any of the above signs means you should call us and schedule an examination for our sleep apnea treatment in Bay Ridge. Risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea include being overweight, African-American, Hispanic, or a Pacific-Islander. Men are twice as likely as women to get it. Likelihood increased with age (and for women, after menopause).
The type of sleep apnea you have is just one detail that will determine the nature of our sleep apnea treatment in Bay Ridge. The focus is on keeping your airway open as you sleep. Lifestyle adjustments, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol before bedtime, quitting smoking, and sleeping on your side can all be effective. Oral devices are the second tier of solutions. And if neither lifestyle changes nor devices prove sufficient, the last and best resort may be surgery.