March 7, 2018

Millions of Americans struggle with chronic fatigue, emotional distress, and other symptoms caused by a medical condition they don’t know they have because the only time symptoms appear is during their sleep. If you experience sleep apnea, you can often tell by those symptoms, although a sleep study or some other observational data tracking will be needed to fully diagnose sleep apnea.

Seeking Treatment at the Dentist

For years, the recommended treatments for this condition revolved around bulky breathing machines that assisted patients by forcing air in a steady stream through a mask, to overpower obstructions and facilitate the patient’s natural breathing patterns. These CPAP machines were designed with inspiration from other breathing assistance devices, and they worked well, despite their cost and size.

Today, patients have the choice between the CPAP machine and a dental device that can be fitted at Dr. Laurence Breiterman’s office and used nightly without the need for a bulky and sometimes loud apparatus at the bedside. For patients that find the device works to address all symptoms, it eliminates the need for a CPAP machine entirely. Some patients with pronounced symptoms opt to keep the machine, and often a dental device is used to improve its function.

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

If you are wondering whether you are experiencing symptoms of this condition, consider whether you have risk factors associated with it. Those include:

  • Being over 40
  • Being male
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High stress
  • Heart complications
  • Diseases of the central nervous system like Parkinson’s

If you have risk factors in your background and you are experiencing poor sleep, chronic fatigue, and other symptoms, it’s time to talk to the dentist about your options for diagnosis and treatment. Patients who treat their symptoms enjoy immense relief, increased productivity, and higher quality of life.

Contact our office in Wayne, NJ today to make an appointment for your consultation, and find out what’s keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep!



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