Sleep Apnea Treatment – Norwood, MA

Get the Rest You Need & Breathe Better

Sleeping next to someone who snores loudly can be troublesome, especially if it’s keeping you awake. However, they may not even know that they’re doing it! While it might seem like a nuisance more than anything else, this common problem can be a sign of something more serious – sleep apnea. Should they wake suddenly gasping for air, it’s likely that a blockage has occurred, preventing them from being able to breathe freely. If you or your significant other experience one or more interruptions throughout the night that are caused by the inability to breathe, call us to schedule a sleep apnea appointment.

Why Choose Central Dental Associates for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

  • Convenient At-Home Sleep Testing Available
  • Custom-Made Oral Appliances for Greater Comfort & Use
  • Helping Patients Breathe Better for 50+ Years

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects a person’s ability to breathe freely and get uninterrupted sleep. With obstructive sleep apnea being the most common form, it is believed to affect an estimated 22 million people in the United States.

When the airway is blocked because of soft tissues that have collapsed throughout the night, it causes apnea episodes, which involve ceased breathing and the body’s ability to wake suddenly. The person tends to gasp for air as a result before falling back to sleep. This can happen once or hundreds of times each night.

At-Home Sleep Testing

To treat sleep apnea, you must first undergo testing, as this creates a formal diagnosis that doctors can use to formulate a treatment plan. At Central Dental Associates, we can provide at-home sleep testing for a more convenient approach. While many practices require patients to visit a sleep lab and be monitored by technicians, at-home sleep tests do not require that you be hooked up to countless wires. Instead, you’ll be provided with a small device that you will wear accordingly, as it will monitor your vitals throughout the night.

When finished, a doctor will analyze the collected data and decide whether you suffer from sleep apnea or not.

How Do You Treat Sleep Apnea?

There are a few different ways that patients can be treated for sleep apnea. The most common recommendation is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy. Used for decades to help sleep apnea sufferers get better rest, many patients find this device to be bulky, cumbersome, and uncomfortable to wear because of the many cords that are required and the mask that must be worn.

An alternative option – oral appliances – is now considered a more user-friendly and popular option among patients. Not only are they custom-made to fit each person’s mouth comfortably, but they are easy to use, portable for more convenient travel, and they don’t make loud noises like CPAP machines.