Sleep apnea is a disorder where your breathing stops and starts throughout the night.
This interruption can hinder your sleep quality and seriously threaten your health.
Summerhill Dental Excellence in East Brunswick, NJ, can help obstructive sleep apnea patients sleep soundly again with an oral appliance.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when your breathing stops and starts throughout the night because your upper airway is obstructed. Dr. Roger Lerner can treat this sleep disorder with a custom-fabricated OSA appliance which will help keep your airway open during sleep.
Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea is less common than OSA and cannot be treated with an appliance. It's a neurological condition where your brain cannot correctly signal your muscles to breathe. Patients who may have central sleep apnea will need further follow-up and treatment with their medical professionals.
Complex Sleep Apnea
Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea: a patient's breathing is impaired due to both the obstruction of the upper airway and the brain's inability to send the proper signals to the muscles. If he suspects complex sleep apnea, Dr. Roger Lerner will likely recommend you to a doctor who can perform a sleep study.
An East Brunswick, NJ, Patient Reviews Our Sleep Apnea Treatment
"Dr. Roger Lerner of Summerhill Dental Excellence recommended an at-home sleep test to determine if I had sleep apnea. The test revealed a mild case which, if unaddressed, could eventually have become a health issue. Dr. Lerner thought I’d do well with a customized sleep apnea appliance, a simple and comfortable oral device that fits over teeth enabling better breathing during sleep."
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Do You Have Sleep Apnea? Symptoms to Watch Out For
During your consultation and examination with our team, Dr. Lerner will ask you about your symptoms to see if they indicate obstructive sleep apnea. These are some of the symptoms Dr. Lerner might discuss. If you have a partner, ask them about your sleeping habits to get a better idea of symptoms you may be unaware of while asleep.
Observed by Another Person:
- Loud snoring
- Pauses in breathing
- Mood changes (noticed by you or observed by others you're close with)
- Daytime sleepiness
- Waking up gasping or choking
- Sore throat or dry mouth upon waking
- Morning headaches
- Poor concentration
Our Process of Diagnosing and Treating Sleep Apnea
Risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea may include diabetes, high blood pressure, and a high BMI.