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Sleep Apnea Specialist

Louis B. Conte, DDS -  - Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentistry

Conte Dentistry

Louis B. Conte, DDS

Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentistry located in Red Bank, NJ

According to the National Sleep Foundation, at least 18 million Americans suffer from a potentially dangerous condition called sleep apnea. At Conte Dentistry in Red Bank, New Jersey, Louis Conte, DDS, and a team of dental professionals diagnose and treat sleep apnea to prevent health complications, such as high blood pressure and heart disease. To learn more about sleep apnea, call Conte Dentistry or schedule an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea Q&A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that causes frequent interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Depending on the severity of your condition, your breathing can stop and start again hundreds of times a night.

Are there different types of sleep apnea?

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

OSA occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax during sleep, causing the tissues in your throat to collapse and block your airway.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea stems from an interruption in the way your brain tells the muscles that control your breathing to contract. 

Complex sleep apnea

Complex sleep apnea happens when you have both OSA and central sleep apnea.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up gasping for breath
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Sore throat
  • Morning headache

Many people don’t realize they have sleep apnea until a partner, relative, or roommate comments on their loud snoring. 

What causes sleep apnea?

While there is no singular cause of sleep apnea, certain factors can raise your risk of developing this condition, including:

  • Narrow airway
  • Obesity
  • Nasal congestion
  • Thick neck
  • Alcohol and sedatives
  • Family history
  • Older age
  • Being male
  • Certain medical conditions (high blood pressure, heart failure, etc.)
  • Smoking

Anybody can get sleep apnea, but you’re more likely to develop it if you are an older male.

What are the treatments for sleep apnea?

Depending on the severity of your condition, the team at Conte Dentistry may recommend one of the following treatments for sleep apnea:

Oral appliance

There are two types of oral appliances for sleep apnea. A mandibular advancement device (MAD) shifts your jaw slightly forward to prevent the tissues in the back of your throat from collapsing during sleep. A tongue splint stabilizes your tongue to prevent it from blocking your airway.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)

If you have severe sleep apnea, your dental provider might team with your medical physician for more extensive treatments. For example, a CPAP machine delivers air to your lungs throughout the night, so you physically can’t stop breathing. If you have a CPAP, you wear a fitted mask over your mouth and nose while the machine delivers the air you need to breathe.

Along with the above treatments, lifestyle changes such as losing weight and quitting smoking can help relieve your sleep apnea symptoms.

To schedule an appointment with Conte Dentistry, call the office or book a visit online today.