What Is Sleep Apnea?
It's more serious than you may think!
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. It can happen hundreds of times each night, disrupting your sleep and leaving you feeling tired and unrested.
Effective sleep apnea treatment not only gives you the ability to have a better night’s sleep, but it also allows you to function better during the day. Untreated sleep apnea can have long-term, adverse effects on your heart, metabolism, and overall health.
Here are some of the symptoms to watch for:
There is an effective and non-invasive way to treat sleep apnea using an oral orthotic or sleep guard. This customized appliance opens up the airway so that you can breathe easily at night and get the restful sleep you need.
How Will Oral Appliance Therapy Benefit You?
This safe and effective way to treat sleep apnea has benefits we're confident you'll love!
Sleep apnea is often treated with a CPAP machine that involves wearing an oxygen mask while you sleep. Many find this uncomfortable, noisy, and disruptive to their sleep. An oral appliance is comfortable to wear and will not disrupt the sleep of others.
If your snoring or gasping for breath has been keeping you and your loved ones awake, oral appliance treatment will stop it! You and your family will all be able to get a better night’s sleep and wake up rested in the morning.
Having an open airway and being able to breathe normally while you sleep will boost your metabolism, ensure mental clarity, improve your well-being, and protect your overall health.
Why Choose Dr. Nosti for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that takes expertise and specialized equipment to treat effectively. Dr. Nosti offers his patients both!
- Advanced training and education – Dr. John Nosti‘s advanced post-graduate education in Reconstruction Dentistry, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ), and Occlusion (bite relationships) make him notably qualified to treat sleep apnea.
- Modern equipment – To help determine if you have sleep apnea, Dr. Nosti has take-home sleep study equipment available. This equipment measures your heart rate, blood oxygen level, airflow, and breathing patterns while you sleep. This gives Dr. Nosti more detailed information to analyze your condition and plan the best course of treatment.
- Bite analysis – Accurate bite analysis is the basis for successful treatment of sleep apnea. Many doctors will merely guess about where the bite should be positioned, which can lead to disappointing results. Dr. Nosti uses advanced technology to ensure the best results. An oral pharygometer is used to measure airway size and stability. It tells Dr. Nosti how the airway is responding to bite manipulation and what is the optimum position for healthy breathing. No guesswork involved!
Dr. Nosti wants to help his patients have the best and most successful sleep apnea treatment possible. His outstanding education, training, and years of experience in addition to providing advanced diagnostic technology ensure you successful treatment and a good night’s sleep!
‘‘Dr. Nosti is an artist! His work is outstanding!!!
- Diane S., (From Facebook)
FAQs About Sleep Apnea
- Why does the airway close while you're sleeping?Extra tissue in the back of the throat and the tongue relax when you fall asleep, falling back and closing off your airway. The decrease in oxygen makes the body work harder and puts stress on the cardiovascular system. Although sleep apnea is more present among adults, some children have also been diagnosed with it.
- How does the sleep apnea appliance work?The oral appliance works by bringing the lower jaw forward, opening the airway. The appliance, which looks like a mouthguard, is made of a flexible polymer that fits snugly and comfortably over the teeth, moving them into the right position.
- Are some people more at risk of having sleep apnea?Yes. There are some common factors that have been noted in those with sleep apnea. Some of them include:
- Being overweight
- Being male
- Having a large neck
- Having a family history of sleep apnea