Sleep Apnea Specialist

Diamond Dental

Dentistry located in Newtown, CT

Ratna Vedullapalli, DDS, and along with the talented team of dentists at Diamond Dental do more than just keep your smile healthy. They can also help you get a better night’s rest with treatments for sleep apnea. If sleep apnea is keeping you up at night, schedule a consultation today by calling the Newtown, Connecticut, office or booking a visit online.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing for extended periods of time throughout the night. These episodes of breathlessness can occur hundreds of times throughout the night and can last anywhere between 10 seconds and several minutes.

Sleep apnea is incredibly dangerous, as it deprives your brain of oxygen throughout the night, which can severely interfere with the proper functioning of your body.

Do I have sleep apnea?

Some of the more common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Restless sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Waking up gasping for air or choking
  • Morning headaches
  • Memory impairment
  • Irritability
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Fatigue

If you’re noticing any of these symptoms in your daily life, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the Diamond Dental. Your dentist is trained to recognize signs of sleep apnea, like worn tooth surfaces from bruxism or an irritated throat from snoring.

Why do I need to treat my sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea can be incredibly detrimental to your health if left untreated. The condition prevents your system from getting enough oxygen, which can lead to a number of adverse health effects.

Some of the short-term effects of sleep apnea include:

  • Poor quality of life
  • Increased stress and anxiety
  • Memory impairment
  • Impaired alertness
  • Higher likelihood of auto accidents and occupational injuries

Some of the long-term effects of sleep apnea include:

  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Arrhythmia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Mood disorders
  • Obesity
  • Stroke

Don’t wait for sleep apnea to lead to more critical conditions. Get treatment today at Diamond Dental.

How do you treat sleep apnea?

The Diamond Dental team treats sleep apnea with a custom-designed oral appliance that’s recommended as a sleep apnea treatment by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The appliance is created from an impression of your teeth so it fits comfortably and snugly in your mouth, just like an orthodontic appliance or a mouth guard that you’d wear for sports.

Once in place, the appliance pushes your lower jaw slightly forward, which prevents your tongue and throat muscles from collapsing in on themselves and opens up your airway for a better night’s rest.

Stop losing sleep and schedule an appointment today with the team at Diamond Dental. You can book your visit by calling the office or using the convenient online scheduling tool.

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