A good night’s rest allows us to function properly at work or school. Unfortunately, over ten million Americans struggle to sleep due to a common disorder. Obstructive sleep apnea not only hinders sleep, but also increases the risk of serious health complications. At The Silverstrom Group, we offer a comfortable and minimally invasive treatment option to address sleep apnea. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, explain the causes of sleep apnea and discuss treatment.


The Causes of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea occurs when soft tissue in the back of the throat block airflow during sleep. This causes the patient to stop breathing for brief intervals, depriving the brain of oxygen. To start breathing again, the brain wakes the patient up. Some patients are woken hundreds of times a night. The patient becomes sleep deprived and experiences an elevated risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack, and depression.

The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Patients diagnosed with sleep apnea report a litany of similar symptoms, including:

·      Irritability

·      Inability to focus at work or school

·      Daytime drowsiness

·      Depression

·      Snoring

·      Waking up choking or gasping for air

Treating Your OSA

In order to treat your sleep apnea, your Livingston NJ general dentists will first perform a diagnosis. Then, they may prescribe a special intraoral appliance. This device is similar to a mouth guard and repositions the jaw to keep airways open. Patients breathe easy and finally receive the proper rest they need. If this solution fails to reduce symptoms, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom may recommend a sleep specialist.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists

Do you suffer from one or more symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea? Then talk to you Livingston NJ general dentists today. Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will diagnose the causes and severity of your sleep disorder and recommend treatment. At The Silverstrom Group, we offer the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to transform the health and beauty of our patients’ smiles. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.