Dentists play an important role in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Specific therapy for sleep apnea is tailored to the individual needs of each patient based on their medical history, physical examination and results from different testing. Dr. Dipika Shah, located in Holmdel, NJ has trained extensively in the management and treatment of sleep apnea and offers innovative treatment options to her patients.
Sleep apnea is a very common condition that is treatable. There are different types of sleep apnea, but obstructive sleep apnea is the most commonly diagnosed and treated by dentists. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airways. If left untreated, breathing becomes interrupted or very slow during sleep. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to heart attack, stroke, mental confusion, rise in blood pressure and sleepiness during daytime.
Patients suffering from sleep apnea will often report the following symptoms: waking up with a sore or dry mouth, loud snoring, sleepiness or lack of energy, morning headaches and restless sleep. There are many different treatment options for those suffering from sleep apnea. Dr. Shah treats her patients using oral appliances Oral appliances have been proven to be a highly effective treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliances are only available through prescription and are completely custom, molded and created for each individual patient. These devices will reposition the jaw in order to prevent snoring, helping discontinue any sleep apnea side effects.
If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah in Holmdel, NJ, you can call 732-264-8180. For more information about sleep apnea treatment or any other services offered at Dipika Shah, DDS,LLC, visit www.dentistnj.com.