Bernardsville Dentist Serving Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, and Far Hills, NJ
"You changed my sleep habits and it has changed my life!"
"I was diagnosed with sleep apnea 5 years ago. I was never able to get comfortable at night using a CPAP machine. Eventually, I would fall asleep, but I would wake in the middle of the night only to pull off the annoying mask. I would find myself making excuses not to use the machine every night. I travel a lot on business and would only lug the machine with me if I was going to be away for more than two nights as it was too much of a hassle. I thought the CPAP was my only treatment option for sleep apnea and that I had it “under control”. I fooled myself into believing that wearing the mask occasionally was better than not at all.
At a routine dental visit with Dr. Patti, she asked me how I was sleeping at night. She could tell just by looking at the shape of my tongue and tonsils that I may have trouble sleeping at night. I was amazed! We had a conversation about the CPAP and how a dental device could address my concerns and finally allow me a good night’s sleep. She also explained so much more to me about my airway and WHY I had these issues to begin with. In two easy appointments, one for impressions and one to get the custom-made appliance, I was on my way. The sleep appliance is so comfortable and I’m happy to report I have worn it every night since I received it. Dr. Patti keeps me sleeping better than ever by having me come in every few months to examine the appliance and adjust it if necessary.
I have heard many friends say they could never get used to wearing the CPAP mask. I tell them, “now you don’t have to”! Thank you, Dr. Patti! You changed my sleep habits and it has changed my life!"
Say goodbye to constant fatigue.
Do you wake up exhausted? Does your partner complain of sleeplessness caused by your snoring? If this sounds all-too familiar, you could be one of millions of Americans who suffer from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a condition when a person’s breathing repeatedly stops during sleep, leaving them gasping for air. This can happen hundreds of times each night, preventing restorative and restful sleep. Because it occurs during sleep, most apnea sufferers are unaware of their condition.
There’s more at stake than sleep.
The most frequent type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), where the airway is blocked by collapsing throat tissue. When left untreated, OSA can cause other health problems, some of which are serious:
- Increased risk of stroke and cardiac problems
- High blood pressure
- Increased risk of diabetes
OSA causes the brain to chronically suffer from insufficient oxygen. That is why you feel slow-moving and forgetful during the day and may perform poorly at work. It can also cause chronic headaches and depression over time.
Should you be worried about OSA?
Over half of OSA patients are obese. Extra tissue around the throat can more easily collapse and block it during sleep. Other risk factors are:
- Aging (about one in ten people over 65 have sleep apnea)
- Family history of sleep apnea
- High blood pressure
- Gender (about 1/25 men in midlife have sleep apnea, whereas only 1/50 middle-aged women have it)
- Racial background (more likely if you are Hispanic, African-American, or from the Pacific Islands)
How can Dr. Patti help?
Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville now offers sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Patti will work with your sleep physician to restore your regular breathing during sleep, thus relieving loud snoring and daytime fatigue.
The treatment most often associated with sleep apnea is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, machine. CPAP users must wear a mask (that either covers both the nose and mouth or the nose, alone) that is attached to a small bedside machine. The problem with CPAP machines is that they limit your sleeping positions, may result in a dry nose and throat, and can simply be uncomfortable. The good news is that CPAP is not the only effective way to treat OSA.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, our dentist, Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb, can consult with your sleep physician then give you a thorough dental examination and fit you with an oral appliance. You would wear this at night to keep your airway open or use it with a CPAP machine for an effective combination therapy. Because it would be custom-made for you, it would be comfortable and convenient. No more interrupted sleep or groggy days; you’ll awake well-rested and alert.
If you have been feeling fatigued during the day and wonder whether you have sleep apnea, please contact Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb through this website or call (908) 221-1188 today to schedule a consultation. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills, and nearby areas in New Jersey.