Sleep Apnea Specialist

Hudson River Dental Arts

Family and Cosmetic Dentist located in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Worldwide, over 100 million people suffer from sleep apnea, a disruptive nighttime disorder that affects your ability to sleep peacefully. At Hudson River Dental Arts in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Jennifer Sunkin, DMD, specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea with a variety of therapeutic options and sleep specialist recommendations. If you’re having trouble sleeping, consider a consultation with Dr. Jenn. Call the office or use the online booking tool today to schedule a time to come in.

Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that disrupts your nighttime rest and makes it nearly impossible to be productive and healthy. It occurs when your airway narrows or gets blocked throughout the night. This leads to trouble breathing, loud snoring, and other disturbances that wake you up constantly.

Over time, sleep apnea can severely affect your overall health. If left untreated for an extended period of time, it’s known to lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of stroke. The constant drowsiness sleep apnea sufferers experience can also impact safe driving.

What are common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea to look out for:

  • Loud snoring
  • Coughing
  • Choking or gasping sounds
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irritability
  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia

Since many of these signs and symptoms occur at night while you’re sleeping, it helps to have your sleeping partner point them out to you.

What causes sleep apnea?

There are a variety of risk factors that can lead to the development of sleep apnea, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • History of stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Tobacco use
  • Enlarged tonsils and adenoids

Also, genetic factors can cause an abnormally tight airway leading to the development of sleep apnea.

How is sleep apnea treated?

First, Dr. Jenn performs a comprehensive oral evaluation and talks with you about your sleep apnea symptoms. In some cases, she’ll make a recommendation for you to see a sleep specialist for the purpose of ensuring an accurate diagnosis. A qualified sleep specialist can better evaluate your airway, your symptoms, and your sleeping patterns before offering an overview of therapeutic options.

In most cases, Dr. Jenn can successfully treat sleep apnea with custom dental appliances that normalize your airway or use of continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP). CPAP treatment uses mild air pressure applied through a nasal mask to keep the airways open during sleep. If your sleep apnea is particularly severe, corrective surgery from a sleep professional may be required.

If you suspect sleep apnea is preventing you from getting the rest you need to thrive, call the office or use the online booking tool today and set up a consultation.