Have you been waking up feeling even more tired than when you went to bed in the first place? Is your fatigue impeding your ability to function properly at work? Does your partner complain about your loud snoring at night? If you can relate to these questions, you may have a condition called sleep apnea, and should visit our Commack dental office to get an opinion from Dr. Steven R. Feigelson. Over 12 million people in the United States are suffering from sleep apnea, and because it is so common it is important to recognize potential symptoms and seek treatment as necessary. Sleep apnea can begin to lower your quality of life, as it causes fatigue, irritability, absentmindedness, and other disruptive symptoms, and so the experts at our Commack dental office are here to help you combat those symptoms.
First, we will work to properly diagnose your sleep apnea. Sleep apnea falls into two main categories. There is central sleep apnea, in which the brain fails to signal breathing, and there is obstructive sleep apnea, which is the most common type of sleep apnea. For people with obstructive sleep apnea, the soft palate blocks the airway and breathing stops for up to ten seconds at a time, causing the person to wake up in order to breathe again. These breathing episodes can occur twenty or thirty times a night, greatly disrupting sleep and not giving the patient the quality rest they need. Sleep apnea can eventually lead to feelings of depression, increased risk of high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke, memory loss, reduced productivity, and even weight gain. If you think you might have sleep apnea, Dr. Feigelson might recommend that you undergo a sleep study in order to confirm a diagnosis. From there, you can return our Commack dental office where we can recommend various treatment options, such as customized oral appliances to wear while you sleep, and more.
For additional information about the many services available to you at our Commack dental office, please visit Dr. Feigelson’s main website. Do not hesitate to contact our staff if you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss. You can reach us by phone or online. We look forward to your next visit to our Commack dental office.