Sleep apnea is a type of sleep breathing disorder, characterized by interruptions and pauses in your breathing patterns while you are asleep. These pauses can occur multiple times each night, reducing your oxygen levels and preventing you from getting the rest you need to remain healthy. Sleep apnea is typically caused by blockages in the airways, such as the tongue rolling back or the soft tissues of the throat collapsing. Over time, this can cause you to become exhausted and put major strain on your nervous system and organs. Sleep apnea has been connected to a number of medical problems, including:

  • Issues with the respiratory and digestive system
  • Increased risk of diabetes and heart disease
  • Liver problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety, depression and mood changes
  • Hormone production
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating and impaired memory
  • Fatigue
  • Poor balance

Some common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Waking with a dry or sore throat
  • Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
  • Mood changes, irritability and depression
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness
  • Insomnia
  • Fitful or interrupted sleeping patterns
  • Shortness of breath when waking
  • Feeling out of breath when waking

If you believe that you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, please contact our office. Our experienced dentist will be able to provide you with a treatment to help you breathe easily at night and improve your health and quality of life. There are several treatments available to meet your needs, including oral appliance therapy. We will work with you to find the treatment that is right for you so that you and your loved ones can get the rest you need.

For more information about sleep apnea and sleep apnea treatments in Schenectady, New York, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven Oshins, call our office today.