Sleep Apnea Treatment
River Park Dental has the experience and credentials you’re looking for when considering a dentist for sleep apnea treatment.
Dr. Ahmed is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Dentistry and American Dental Association.
“I am a generally nervous person when it comes to dentists; I’ve had bad experiences that truly changed my perceptions of dentistry. Add on pain and discomfort… oof. I don’t look forward to any type of visit; let alone one where I know bad news is afoot. Let me just say, River Park I was probably the best experience I have ever had.”
Dr. Niaz Ahmed, with a high-tech dental office located in Rocky Hill, is experienced with Sleep Apnea treatment options.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring
You may be surprised to learn that between 33-50% of adult Americans score or have snored at some point. However, not all snoring means that sleep apnea is happening. Snoring is caused by the soft palate vibrating while breathing, whereas obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the upper airway being partially or completely blocked while sleeping. It’s estimated that 20% of Americans have sleep apnea, which can be life-threatening in some instances. Common conditions that occur with sleep apnea include hypertension, GERD, cardiac disease, atrial fibrillation, depression, stroke, diabetes, memory loss, fatigue, decreased libido, and more. Sleep apnea treatment depends largely on the severity of the condition and if patients have issues breathing, or if they are simply snoring. The most common treatments are behavioral changes, using oral sleep appliances, CPAP devices, and surgery in some cases.
Video 01:42 | Steve Carstensen, DDS identifies the basics of sleep and obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Ahmed firmly believes that the dentist is in the best position to screen you for sleep apnea. This is because we see you twice a year, know your medical history, and have visibility of your airway.
Not interested in using a CPAP device? We can create a custom oral appliance for patients with mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. However, if you have severe sleep apnea a CPAP is often the first treatment option. If you absolutely cannot tolerate a CPAP, we will find an alternative treatment for you.
Do I need treatment for sleep apnea or snoring?
Patients may need to treat snoring if the condition is disrupting their sleep, affecting their health, or affecting other people living with them. We encourage you to call or schedule a consultation with River Park Dental to learn about our various treatment options and which is best for you.
What should I expect during treatment for sleep apnea or snoring from Dr. Niaz Ahmed in Rocky Hill, Connecticut?
You can expect Dr. Niaz Ahmed to do the following:
Sleep Apnea and serious health issues.
The recurrent awakenings caused by sleep apnea make normal sleep practically impossible. As a result, patients experience severe daytime fatigue and are irritable, have difficulty concentrating, and are moody. They may perform poorly in school or work, and children may have behavior problems. Sleep apnea also increases the risk of car accidents or working accidents in severe cases.
High blood pressure or heart problems.
Sleep apnea can cause sudden drops in blood oxygen saturation, which can increase blood pressure and affect your heart. This is why sleep apnea is associated with a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and arrhythmias.
Complications with medications and surgery.
Patients with sleep apnea must take extra caution when taking certain drugs or undergoing anesthesia. This is because they are more likely to have complications after major surgery due to the likelihood of having breathing problems.
Sleep apnea patients tend to have more abnormal results on their liver function tests because they are more prone to developing signs of nonalcoholic liver disease.
Video 01:54 | Steve Carstensen, DDS shares how sleep apnea can negatively affect overall health.
Upper Airway Respiratory Syndrome (extreme snoring)
Patients who suffer from Upper Airway Respiratory Syndrome (UARS) have no apnea episodes. However, this condition can also cause sudden episodes of awakening which interferes with sleep. Patients with UARS often aren’t aware of their condition but still have symptoms that affect their day-to-day life such as: