If you’re regularly unable to enjoy a quiet, uninterrupted night of sleep without being woken by an obvious cause, consider getting tested for obstructive sleep apnea by Roberto Palmieri, DMD. A leading dentist in greater Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Palmieri and his team have extensive experience in treating this loud snoring and breathing disorder. Call Palmieri Dentistry or book an appointment online to see if his innovative oral devices can improve the quality of your sleep and prevent future medical issues.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic respiratory condition in which the collapsing part of your throat temporarily blocks your upper airway. This intermittent obstacle deprives your brain and lungs of oxygen.
Though your spouse or partner may discover some of your sleeping problems before you do, there are several symptoms of sleep apnea you’re likely to report firsthand:
Serious complications can come from untreated sleep apnea, including diabetes, hypertension, and depression. If left untreated, you also risk having a stroke or heart attack.
There are many possible causes of OSA, but multiple factors can increase your risk:
Dr. Palmieri prefers to use a Planmeca® 3D X-ray machine to measure the volume of your upper airway, but there are many ways to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. For example, you can record the volume of your snoring and gauge your airflow with sensors.
For mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Palmieri’s first choice of treatment is a mandibular advancement device.
Similar to an oral night guard, mandibular advancement devices are specialized mouthpieces that help keep your upper airway open during sleep. They realign your jaw and hyoid bones to prevent your throat’s soft tissues from collapsing and cutting off your airflow.
Dr. Palmieri customizes your oral device to fit in your mouth as comfortably as possible during sleep.
For severe cases, he sometimes recommends the surgical method of mandibular maxillomandibular advancement instead, which permanently corrects throat or facial problems that interrupt your breathing.
Of course, these treatments often work best in conjunction with lifestyle changes to help you lose excess weight or sleep better. His advice may include cutting back on alcohol consumption, avoiding sleeping pills, and trying to sleep on your side or front instead of your back.
Break the cycle of interrupted nights and low-energy days. Call or book an appointment online now.