Sleep Apnea

Portale Dental

General Dentists located in Ridgefield, NJ

If you’ve been suffering from poor sleep with symptoms like frequent, loud snoring, morning headaches, and morning dry or sore throat, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Dr. Joseph Portale and his team at Portale Dental in Ridgefield, New Jersey can formulate a workable sleep apnea treatment for you. Sleep apnea can be serious, so if you have received a sleep apnea diagnosis, don’t wait to seek treatment options. To set up an appointment, call or book an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea

Portale Dental

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder. Its most common markers included breathing pauses and breathing interruptions during sleep. Sleep apnea is most often obstructive sleep apnea, a type of sleep apnea brought on by obstructions in the airway, such as collapsed airway tissues or the tongue rolling back into the throat during sleep.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud, persistent snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Dry or sore throat in the morning
  • Extreme fatigue during the day
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Irritability
  • Brain fog
  • Anxiety and/or depression

Is sleep apnea serious?

Sleep apnea ranges in severity from mild to severe. Either way, left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to or contribute to liver problems, high blood pressure, and heart disease, among other conditions.

How can you treat sleep apnea?

Dentists and doctors can treat sleep apnea in a number of different ways. The most common and popular way to treat sleep apnea is by CPAP machine. CPAP machines keep airways open while you sleep by pushing oxygen into the back of the throat. You receive this oxygen through a mask that you wear at night. The team at Portale Dental offers a number of CPAP alternatives, like custom oral appliance therapy.

Oral appliances for sleep apnea look like mouth guards and treat sleep apnea by keeping your airway open as you sleep. It can do this by propping your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockage, or it can do this by keeping the tongue from blocking the airway.

What’s the right sleep apnea treatment for me?

To find the right sleep apnea treatment for you, meet with Dr. Portale to discuss condition and health history. The right treatment for you depends on a number of factors, including:

  • The severity of your condition
  • Your history with sleep apnea treatment

Many patients work well with CPAP machines, but some find the mask to be uncomfortable, while others can’t stand the sensation of the air pressure. If you have unsuccessfully worked with a CPAP machine in the past, an alternative like oral appliance therapy might be right for you.

If you’re ready to take control of your sleep apnea, reach out to the team at Portale Dental today. You can contact them over the phone or via the online booking tool.