Sleep Apnea Treatment – Assonet, MA
A Comfortable & Convenient Way to Sleep
Have you grown used to restless nights? If you’re having trouble sleeping, it may be because of sleep apnea. This common sleeping disorder affects millions of Americans, and it can cause drowsiness during the day, lack of productivity, mood swings, and many other issues. Thankfully, Dr. Derek Cornetta can help. If you’re wondering how your dentist can provide you with a great night’s sleep, keep reading to find out!
Why Choose Woodside Dental Care for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
- Comfortable, State-of-the-Art Office
- High Quality Materials
- Experienced Dentist & Staff
What is Sleep Apnea?
There are 2 main types of sleep apnea, central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain isn’t sending proper signals to your respiratory system, making it hard to breathe during sleep. Whereas obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your muscles relax and block your airway during sleep, causing interruptions in breathing.
We are able to treat obstructive sleep apnea, which is the far more common of the two types. This problem can cause you to stop and start breathing sometimes hundreds of times during the night, interrupting your sleep. The worst part is that many times, patients don’t even know this is going on unless their sleep partner notices some of the warning signs.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Because the first step of sleep apnea treatment is recognizing you have it, be sure to know and understand these common symptoms:
- Chronic, loud snoring
- Trouble focusing on tasks
- Memory problems
- Persistent exhaustion even after 7 to 9 hours of sleep
- Issues with mood/depression
- Waking up gasping for breath
- Teeth grinding
- Lack of sex drive
- Increased blood pressure
If you or your sleeping partner notice any of these symptoms, contact our office right away to set up an appointment with Dr. Cornetta.
How We Can Help
Traditionally, obstructive sleep apnea has been treated with a CPAP machine. This is a device that sends air through a hose mask or nose piece, allowing you to inhale steadily as you sleep. While mostly effective, patients complain about its inconvenience, comfortability, and bulkiness. That’s why more patients are visiting our office for an alternative: oral appliances.
Oral appliance therapy works by using a mouthpiece that positions your jaw in a way that keeps your airway open during sleep. This oral appliance can fit in your pocket and it’s easy to travel with. We will take impressions of your smile before creating a custom-made oral appliance that is specifically designed to help you breathe. The result is sound sleep and restful nights.