Sleep Apnea Treatment in Brookline, MA

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Are you a chronic snorer? Are your nights punctuated by breathing interruptions and restlessness? If you answered yes to both questions, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a major sleep disorder characterized by snoring, breathing interruptions, and night-time bruxism, among other symptoms. Sleep apnea occurs in three forms: central sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, and mixed sleep apnea.

Central sleep apnea is occasioned by the brain’s failure to send proper signals to the muscles that control your respiratory system. Obstructive sleep apnea is triggered by the collapse or relaxation of the muscles that control your airways. As a result, the airways constrict and become narrow, and the forceful air movement through the obstructed airways results in a loud vibration—what we know as snoring.

While not every snorer has sleep apnea, chronic snoring is a strong indicator of sleep apnea. If you’ve been struggling with snoring for a while, it’s time to seek help. Dental Partners of Brookline offers sleep apnea treatment in Brookline, MA.

What to Expect

Our dentists in Brookline, MA, are trained to identify common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. However, only a medical doctor or sleep specialist can provide a diagnosis for the same. As such, our dentists will first evaluate you to check for common indicators of sleep apnea.

These include:

  • Worn teeth
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

Our dentists will also examine your mouth anatomy and check for any nasal problems. We encourage patients to be forthcoming regarding their medical history and lifestyle habits, e.g., alcohol consumption and smoking. This way, our dentist will have all the essential information needed to create a personalized treatment plan.

Depending on the outcome of your first evaluation, our dentist may recommend a sleep study. For this phase, our dentist collaborates with a sleep specialist. A sleep study focuses on gathering insights regarding your sleep patterns and sleep physiology. In particular, a sleep study observes your lung, brain, and heart activity, oxygen levels, breathing patterns, blood oxygen levels as well as arm and leg movements.

Based on the sleep study outcome, our dentist near you determines the best-suited treatment for you. If sleep apnea is ruled out, the dentist may suggest various snoring solutions to address the issue at hand. For patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), Dental Partners of Brookline provides personalized sleep apnea treatment options.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

Obstructive sleep apnea and snoring may be managed through various interventions, including:

  • Oral appliance therapy. At Dental Partners of Brookline, we make custom snore guards that help you sleep better without interruptions. Snore guards are categorized into mandibular advancement devices (MADs) and tongue-retaining devices (TRDS), which work by repositioning the jaw and tongue as you sleep. These devices prevent airway obstruction by ensuring everything stays in its rightful place.
  • Lifestyle changes. Our dentist may advise you to manage your weight and limit or do away with smoking and alcohol to prevent excessive snoring.
  • Surgery. Our dentists may recommend surgery as a snoring treatment if other conservative interventions fail to deliver the intended results.

Is snoring preventing you from enjoying quality sleep at night? Book an appointment with Dental Partners of Brookline today to experience personalized sleep apnea snoring treatment in Brookline, MA.

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