Sleep apnea is a disorder during which the patient stops breathing during sleep. This happens because the airways become blocked or obstructed during sleep, so your lungs do not get enough air. This can occur from 5 times to over 50 times per hour. The airways in your nose, mouth, or throat become obstructed when the throat muscles and tongue relax too much during sleep. Because sleep apnea occurs during sleep, you may not know that you have it. If you have sleep apnea, our partner may notice that you do the following during sleep:

  • Stop breathing
  • Snore loudly
  • Gasp or choke
  • Toss and turn

If you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. McCaffery may treat sleep apnea in Madison, NJ:

  • Not feeling rested after sleep
  • Feeling drowsy during the day
  • Waking with a headache

For patients with sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend an oral device, which is worn during sleep. The oral device will push your jaw and tongue forward, which prevents the airways from collapsing during sleep. Our dentist may also recommend that you:

  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Sleep on your side instead of your back
  • Avoid alcohol and sedatives before bed

To learn more and to schedule your next appointment, contact our dental office today.