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Sleep apnea treatment in Norwalk

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Norwalk oral appliances

Have you been suffering with sleep apnea and have been told that an oral appliance may be able to solve your sleep apnea problem? If so, you will definitely want to come in to our dental practice and learn more about how Norwalk oral appliances can help you feel better and stop your sleep apnea symptoms.

At our dental practice, Alan B Rosenthal, DDS, our expert and highly trained sleep apnea specialist and dentist is Dr. Alan B Rosenthal. Patients who suffer from untreated sleep apnea can have a very difficult time during the day; they may feel tired all the time and then have trouble falling asleep. Sleep apnea patients can even wake up in the middle of the night and then have trouble concentrating during the day because they are so tired and have not really received any quality of sleep. These symptoms can all be related to sleep apnea or snoring. Our dentist, Dr. Rosenthal, is able to provide patients with Norwalk oral appliances that can help reduce or eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea or snoring.

Dr. Rosenthal is a sleep apnea specialist. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that can go on to cause other health problems. When a person has sleep apnea they will actually temporarily stop breathing many times when they sleep. Sleep apnea can also cause headaches and even personality changes. When a person has sleep apnea they will often snore loudly at night and then gasp for air. At our practice, our sleep apnea and snoring patients can be fitted for Norwalk oral appliances which will keep the sleep apnea or snoring from occurring. Oral appliance therapy is a very important treatment option for patients with sleep apnea. The potential health risks of sleep apnea are very serious, and can include: high blood pressure; heart disease; diabetes; depression; and even stroke. An oral appliance is a small plastic device that the patient will keep in his or her mouth during sleep. It is similar to a sports mouth guard and will help keep the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing. This will enable the patient to keep an open airway during their sleep. If you are interested in being seen by our sleep apnea doctor, and getting a sleep apnea device to help prevent this problem, simply contact our office for an appointment.

37 North Avenue, Suite 3
Norwalk, Connecticut 06851
(203) 84-sleep
(203) 84-snore

Norwalk Sleeping Disorder

There are three kinds of sleep apnea and we can treat you for any of them here at our office. The most common type of obstructive sleep apnea, in which your breathing may become shallow during sleep. At times, it can even stop all together. If that seems frightening, we understand. This shallow or temporarily ceased breathing can occur multiple times per night, repeating until you awake. It could happen as many as hundreds of times during one night of sleep. Blockage of your airway can be either partial or complete. But in either instance, your body has to work hard to keep the airway open and breathe effectively. Our sleep apnea treatment in Norwalk can relieve this and the side-effects that can often accompany it, including fatigue from unsatisfying sleep. The other two types are central sleep apnea and a form that is a cross between obstructive and central. In central sleep apnea, your muscles don’t receive the proper signals from your brain and this results in your breathing pattern being disrupted.

With obstructive sleep apnea, symptoms to be aware of are being tired during the day, even after a full night’s sleep, difficulties waking in the morning, night sweats, morning headaches, dry mouth or sore throat first thing in the morning, sexual dysfunction, and a waking suddenly in the night with a feeling of choking or gasping. If you have a bed partner, ask them if you snore or if you are restless during sleep. Experiencing any of the above signs means you should call us and schedule an examination for our sleep apnea treatment in Norwalk. Risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea include being overweight, African-American, Hispanic, or a Pacific-Islander. Men are twice as likely as women to get it. Likelihood increased with age (and for women, after menopause).

The type of sleep apnea you have is just one detail that will determine the nature of our sleep apnea treatment in Norwalk. The focus is on keeping your airway open as you sleep. Lifestyle adjustments, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol before bedtime, quitting smoking, and sleeping on your side can all be effective. Oral devices are the second tier of solutions. And if neither lifestyle changes nor devices prove sufficient, the last and best resort may be surgery.

 

37 North Avenue, Suite 3
Norwalk, Connecticut 06851
(203) 84-sleep
(203) 84-snore

 

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