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Sleep Apnea

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

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

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

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)

Personally Observed:

  • 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.
Risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea may include diabetes, high blood pressure, and a high BMI.

Conducting an Oral Examination

Dr. Lerner will begin diagnosing your sleep apnea by discussing your symptoms, risk factors, and medical history.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

Gathering this information allows Dr. Lerner to assess and diagnose your condition. We will also follow up with your medical provider to keep a good chain of communication going between the doctors you see.

Referring to Specialists

If Dr. Lerner suspects that you have complex or central sleep apnea or symptoms that point to a different sleep disorder, he can refer you to a specialist for a full sleep study.

Taking Digital Impressions

If Dr. Lerner determines you have obstructive sleep apnea, we can treat your condition with a custom appliance. We take comfortable digital impressions to create an accurate digital model of your mouth to create the appliance.

Crafting Your Appliance

We work with a local lab to craft your custom OSA appliance. The lab we work with specializes in crafting sleep apnea appliances. When your appliance is ready, you can come into our office for final adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit.

Summerhill Dental Excellence

Summerhill Dental Excellence is a state-of-the-art dentistry practice led by the renowned Dr. Roger Lerner. Our goal is to provide the highest quality dental care and personalized service to the community of East Brunswick and Central New Jersey. Our affiliations include:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Facial Cosmetics
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Fellow
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
  • Middlesex County Dental Association

We accept most insurance plans and offer a selection of payment options so that you access your care without additional stress or delay. Please request an appointment online or call (732) 651-1818.

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