Sleep Apnea Specialist

Advanced Dental Centers

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Norwood, MA & Weymouth, MA

Most people don’t realize that their dentist is typically the first stop in diagnosing and treating a sleep disorder. The dental professionals at Advanced Dental Centers are one of the few practices in the Weymouth and Norwood, Massachusetts, area that provide their patients with excellent diagnostic and treatment services for sleep apnea. Don’t lose any more sleep. Schedule you visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes involuntary moments of breathlessness throughout the night. During these periods, which can last anywhere from seconds to minutes, your brain is deprived of essential oxygen, which can lead to a whole host of health problems. 

Do I have sleep apnea?

Some common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Waking up with a dry or sore throat
  • Waking up gasping or choking
  • Morning headaches
  • Restless sleep
  • Lack of energy during the day
  • Irritability

The team at Advanced Dental Centers diagnoses your sleep apnea by looking for a few telltale signs, including: 

  • Worn tooth surfaces from grinding
  • Scalloped tongue edges, indicating an oversized tongue or small jaw
  • Redness in your throat from snoring

If your dentist determines that you have sleep apnea, they might order a sleep test or provide you with an ApneaLink™ Air home sleep test.

What causes sleep apnea?

The most common cause for sleep apnea is an obstructed airway, which typically happens when your tongue is too large, your jaw is too small, or the muscles in the back of your throat have become weak or too relaxed. 

Some of the conditions that increase your likelihood of airway obstruction and thus sleep apnea, include:

  • Being overweight
  • A thicker neck circumference
  • Smoking
  • Using alcohol, sedatives, or tranquilizers
  • Nasal congestion

Sleep apnea is more common in men than in women and is seen more frequently in older patients.

Do I need to treat my sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea should always be treated. It’s incredibly harmful to your health and can lead to: 

  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Worsening of ADHD
  • Depression

If you think that you’re suffering from sleep apnea, schedule a visit with Advanced Dental Centers immediately.

How do you treat sleep apnea?

The team at Advanced Dental Centers typically treats sleep apnea with the Narval™ CC, which is a removable oral appliance you wear while you sleep. The Narval CC fits snugly over your teeth and pushes your lower jaw slightly forward, which helps to relieve obstructions in your airway, enabling your body to get more oxygen while you sleep. It’s an excellent treatment for sleep apnea and a more comfortable alternative to a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.

Don’t go another night with poor sleep. Schedule an appointment with Advanced Dental Centers today and get that good night’s rest you deserve. You can book your visit by calling the office or using the convenient online tool.