Sleep Breathing Therapy

Here at the Blairstown Smile Studio we can treat your mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring.  Sleep apnea can affect adults AND children.  

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that is known to repress the immune system and have many comorbidities that are known to cause a shorter lifespan and worsened quality of life. 

Studies conducted on sleep apnea have shown that the condition, in all forms, leads to a variety of health problems including increased risk of failing cardiovascular health, obesity, diabetes, low testosterone levels, daytime fatigue, and many others.   Studies have also determined that sleep apnea treatment greatly decreases blood pressure, which then reduces the risk of sleep apnea-related conditions.  

Children and young people with obstructive sleep apnea may do poorly in school and commonly have attention or behavior problems.  Many children with ADHD and sleep apnea are often misdiagnosed due to their similar symptoms.  Has your child been evaluated for possible sleep apnea t ensure the proper diagnosis and treatment?  

Soft tissues of the throatObstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax. These muscles support the soft palate, the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (uvula), the tonsils, the side walls of the throat and the tongue.

When the muscles relax, your airway narrows or closes as you breathe in. You can't get enough air, which can lower the oxygen level in your blood. Your brain senses your inability to breathe and briefly rouses you from sleep so that you can reopen your airway. This awakening is usually so brief that you don't remember it.

You might snort, choke or gasp. This pattern can repeat itself five to 30 times or more each hour, all night, impairing your ability to reach the deep, restful phases of sleep.  

The severity of sleep apnea depends on how often the patient stops breathing during sleep; the more periods of non-breathing, the higher the severity of sleep apnea. While mild sleep apnea isn’t severe when compared to severe sleep apnea, treatment is still crucial. Patients with mild sleep apnea can stop breathing 5-15 times each hour during sleep. When mild sleep apnea is left untreated, it can worsen and become moderate or even severe sleep apnea.

For mild sleep apnea and snoring Dr. Goldsmith can provide an oral appliance designed to keep your throat open.  These appliances are designed to open your throat by bringing your jaw forward, which can relieve snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea.

A number of devices are available from Dr. Goldsmith. You might need to try different devices before finding one that works for you.

Once you find the right fit, you'll need to follow up with us repeatedly during the first year and then regularly after that to ensure that the fit is still good and to reassess your signs and symptoms.

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