Snoring and sleep apnea are two of the most common sleep-related breathing disorders. As a dentist, Dr. Gorsky has an in depth understanding of the role that the soft tissues of the mouth and position of the jaw can play in sleep disorders.
Snoring by itself is generally not a health problem, however it can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Patients who suffer with OSA repeatedly stop breathing while they sleep. The prevalence of sleep apnea increases with age and it is estimated that as many as 50% of elderly men and women suffer from the disorder, especially those who are overweight.
Signs & Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Dr. Gorsky will review your medical history and discuss some of the signs that could indicate a sleep breathing disorder. Common signs include:
- Daytime sleepiness and the tendency to fall asleep while reading, watching television or driving
- Loud snoring
- Gasping while sleeping
- Dry mouth
- Morning headaches
- Problems with concentration, mood and mental clarity
Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Treatment for OSA will vary based on the individual diagnosis. The CPAP has been considered the gold standard for treatment, but is often uncomfortable to use and has a low compliance rate among patients. An oral appliance, which is small, discreet and comfortable to wear, has shown to be the preferred treatment among most patients. Dr. Gorsky can fabricate a custom made sleep apnea appliance, similar to a sports mouth guard, for you to wear during sleep.
For many patients, lifestyle changes such as weight loss, smoking cessation and eliminating alcohol and sedative use can help also help to alleviate the symptoms of OSA and improve overall health.