If your loud snoring is disturbing the sleep of everyone in your household, a condition called sleep apnea may be to blame. Sleep apnea can be more than just a nuisance; it can have serious, even life-threatening consequences if left untreated. At the office of Dr. Harold Guerrero, we provide customized oral appliance therapy to treat Bay Shore sleep apnea. Our goal is to help you enjoy better rest and better overall health.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that causes the muscles at the back of the throat to collapse while you’re asleep, which blocks your airway. Sleep apnea affects millions of people across the United States. In addition to heavy snoring, symptoms of sleep apnea can include gasping for air, pausing or ceasing to breathe and waking up abruptly. Your doctor will perform a sleep study in order to observe these symptoms and accurately diagnose sleep apnea. Also be sure to tell your physician if you experience fatigue, headaches or difficulty concentrating throughout your day, as these symptoms may be the result of poor sleep the night before. To treat sleep apnea, your medical doctor may recommend a CPAP machine, which supplies continuous pressure through a mask worn over your nose, to keep your airway open. In certain cases, our dentist can treat mild to moderate Bay Shore sleep apnea with a customized oral appliance, as an alternative to the CPAP machine. The appliance creates a slight protrusion in your lower jaw, which allows air to pass through more easily. Our oral appliances are designed to fit comfortably and precisely.
At the office of Dr. Harold Guerrero we provide advanced treatment for Bay Shore sleep apnea, customized for your comfort and convenience. To learn more about sleep apnea or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.