Sleep Apnea Treatment in Hackensack, NJ

Sleeping safely and soundly is an integral part of your emotional and physical health. If you suffer from sleep apnea, that means you are not sleeping safely and comfortably. At Peak Family Dentistry, we provide sleep apnea treatment in Hackensack, NJ to help remedy this situation.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous sleep disorder that means you stop breathing for brief periods throughout the night, depriving your organs of oxygen.

When left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, heart attack, and stroke. Recent studies have even linked sleep apnea to Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic or progressive health conditions. Sleep apnea may also be associated with bruxism—clenching and grinding your teeth, specifically while sleeping. This habit leads to enamel erosion, cavities, and introduces the potential for future tooth loss.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

In the early stages of sleep apnea, you may not notice any symptoms, or you might dismiss daytime sleepiness with work stress or family obligations. However, symptoms generally present over time.

The symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Waking during the night
  • Feeling sleepy during the day
  • Mood changes
  • Forgetfulness
  • Depression
  • Dry or sore throat
  • Jaw pain if bruxism is involved

Fortunately, our dentists, Dr. Lance Vicente and Dr. Kevin M. Heaney, offer sleep apnea treatments in Hackensack.

Sleep Apnea Causes

There are many potential causes of sleep apnea, but it is often associated with obesity, which influences the tissues of the throat. When these tissues relax during sleep, they may obstruct your airway.

Other potential causes of sleep apnea include:

  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Neck circumference
  • Small airway or anatomical issues
  • Chronic congestion

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Hackensack, NJ

Dentists are maxillofacial experts, which means they are often the first healthcare professionals to notice the telltale signs of sleep apnea in patients.

At Peak Family Dentistry, our Hackensack dentists work closely with many local pulmonologists and sleep specialists to determine if a mandibular advancement device is a suitable treatment for your sleep apnea. This device is often a great alternative to patients who do not do well with the CPAP machine—a machine that delivers constant air into the mouth or nose throughout the night via a mask.

A mandibular advancement device is an appliance that keeps your airway open by gently urging your lower jaw forward. This position is the perfect placement of your jaw for secure and restful breathing throughout the night.

Contact Our Dental Office for Sleep Apnea Treatment in Hackensack, NJ

If you suffer from sleep apnea, or if you have one or more symptoms of sleep apnea, get in touch with us to schedule an exam and chat with one of our dentists.

We serve patients in Hackensack, Paramus, Emerson, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River, Englewood, Fort Lee, and all surrounding locations.