Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. It can cause fragmented and poor-quality sleep, leading to daytime sleepiness and other health problems.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
If you experience these symptoms, it's important to consult Dr. Sonal Deshpande at Route One Dental for a proper diagnosis.
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): This is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the throat muscles relax, causing the airway to become partially or completely blocked during sleep.
2. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): Unlike OSA, CSA is not caused by a physical obstruction in the airway. Instead, it occurs when the brain fails to send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. This results in pauses in breathing during sleep.
3. Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Mixed Sleep Apnea): Also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, this type is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea. It initially starts as OSA but transitions into CSA when treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.
Each type of sleep apnea requires specific diagnostic approaches and treatment strategies to effectively manage the condition and improve sleep quality.
Sleep apnea can have serious health consequences if left untreated. It can increase the risk of:
A CT scan is a valuable tool in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. It provides detailed images of the airways, allowing Dr. Sonal Deshpande to identify any obstructions or abnormalities. CT scans help in planning effective treatment strategies for sleep apnea.
At Route One Dental, sleep apnea is treated using MADs. Mandibular advancement devices (MADs) are a common non-surgical treatment option for sleep apnea. They are custom-made oral appliances that help keep the airway open during sleep. MADs are comfortable to wear and can significantly improve sleep quality and reduce symptoms.
If you suspect you have sleep apnea or have already been diagnosed and need treatment, don't delay seeking help. Book an appointment at Route One Dental in North Brunswick with Dr. Sonal Deshpande, and take the first step towards better sleep and overall health.
Dr. Sonal Deshpande
Dr. Sonal Deshpande is a gentle, caring dentist who uses the most advanced materials and procedures available. She practices comfortable, caring dentistry focused on establishing optimal oral health, with a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient. In addition to her technical proficiency, Dr. Sonal Deshpande is a careful listener and will explain beforehand which treatment is best for your individual needs.Read More