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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!