Sleep Apnea is a disorder in which your breathing stops while you sleep. This can happen from 5 to over 50 times per hour. During Obstructive Sleep Apnea (O.S.A.), the tongue and soft tissue in your mouth relax and collapse blocking your airway. You may not realize that you stopped breathing. If you have a sleep partner they may, so ask them. If you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. Roy Oyangen in Schenectady, NY may be able to treat your sleep apnea:
- Stop Breathing
- Snore loudly often
- Gasp or choke
- Toss and turn
- Not feeling rested after sleep
- Feeling drowsy during the day
- Waking with a headache
First, our dentist may recommend basic behavioral treatment. You may be instructed to lose weight, quit smoking, or sleep on your side instead of on your back or stomach. If these are not sufficient, our dentist may make you a oral device that moves the lower jaw and tongue forward. This prevents any soft tissue from collapsing. This will keep you breathing. The device is custom fitted by our dentist to ensure the highest level of efficiency and comfort.
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