Posts for tag: Sleep Apnea

By Aaron M. Parada DDS & Vivian Villalobos DDS
August 03, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sleep Apnea   snoring  

Fatigue, a “foggy” mind, and irritability are all signs you’re not getting enough sleep—and neither might your sleeping partner from your continuous snoring. You might have a common form of sleep-related breathing disorder (SRBD) known as obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes obstructed (usually by the tongue), resulting in a lack of oxygen. The body rouses from sleep just enough to correct the obstruction. This can occur and interrupt deep sleep several times a night, causing the aforementioned problems as well as personality changes, high blood pressure or increased stomach acid reflux. If the problem persists, sleep apnea could also become a long-term factor in the development of heart disease, diabetes or other serious conditions.

Fortunately, we can do something about it. While some may require more invasive intervention, most cases of sleep apnea can be alleviated through continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. In this therapy, an electrical pump supplies pressurized air into a face mask worn while sleeping. The increased air pressure helps to keep the airway open.

For some patients, however, CPAP can cause discomfort like claustrophobia, nasal congestion and dryness. If that’s a concern for you, you might want to consider an oral appliance provided by your dentist.

Customized to your own individual mouth contours, this appliance is usually a two-part hinged device that draws the lower jaw and the tongue forward to open the airway. Easily adjustable, these appliances are usually more comfortable to wear than a CPAP and don’t require electricity or have the attendant noise of a CPAP pump.

They do, however, have a few drawbacks: they can disrupt saliva flow, causing either too much or too little; they may result in some morning soreness; and they can stimulate unnecessary tooth or jaw movements. For most, though, these side effects are minor compared to a better night’s sleep.

If you suspect you may have some form of SRBD, you’ll need to have it confirmed through a physical examination and possibly sleep lab testing. If it is sleep apnea, your physician and dentist can work together to help you find the right therapy to regain the benefits of a good night’s sleep.

If you would like more information on sleep apnea, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sleep Disorders & Dentistry.”

By Aaron M. Parada DDS & Vivian Villalobos DDS
August 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

While a diagnosis for a condition like sleep apnea may seem like a setback, your diagnosis means you can start your journey toward a sleep apneasuccessful treatment plan. However, your sleep apnea treatment may differ from other patients’ treatment plans. Find out about treating your sleep apnea with help from Dr. Aaron Parada and Dr. Vivian Villalobos in Union City, NJ.

What is sleep apnea? 
Sleep apnea is a condition which affects breathing while asleep, causing apneas, or pauses. An apnea lasts 10 seconds or longer and can occur from five to 100 times an hour, depending on the severity of the case. Doctors classify sleep apnea in three ways: obtrusive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA), and mixed sleep apnea. OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea and occurs when the airway becomes blocked, most often by the back of the tongue. CSA occurs when the brain’s impulses to the lungs become disturbed. Mixed sleep apnea occurs when the patient has symptoms of both OSA and CSA together.

How can my dentist help me? 
Your dentist is an expert not only in teeth but in the mouth and jaw as well. This specialized knowledge makes them qualified to assess your sleep apnea and provide treatment in the form of oral appliances. These appliances realign the mouth to pull the lower jaw forward, in turn pulling the tongue forward and eliminating the obstruction causing the apneas. Each oral appliance is customized to the patient’s mouth and requires a consultation with your dentist.

In addition to oral appliances, sleep apnea sufferers may also require the help of a CPAP machine to breathe properly at night. The machine, made up of a hose leading to a mask worn over the nose and mouth, sends a steady stream of air through the airway to keep it from collapsing. This appliance treats all forms of sleep apnea.

Treating Sleep Apnea in Union City, NJ 
According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million adults in the United States have some kind of sleeping disorder. While CPAP treatment may better treat CSA sufferers, an oral appliance is often helpful to treat those with OSA. Your dentist can help you choose the best sleep apnea treatment for you and your disorder.

For more information on sleep apnea or its treatments, please contact Dr. Parada and Dr. Villalobos in Union City, NJ. Call (201) 865-6740 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!