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Narcolepsy vs. Sleep Apnea

Narcolepsy vs. Sleep Apnea

Posted on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 3:33 pm    

Narcolepsy vs. Sleep Apnea

If you find yourself falling asleep during the day, even if you got a night’s sleep, you could be suffering from one of a number of sleep disturbances. It’s never a good sign to be tired during the day, especially if you need to drive or work. If you’re really getting a good night’s sleep, why are you falling asleep in the middle of the afternoon?

Sleep Apnea and Narcolepsy

Of the three types of sleep apnea, the one that is the most common cause of daytime sleepiness is obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse, blocking your upper airway. When your airway is blocked, your body wakes up, sometimes so briefly you don’t even notice it. These interruptions in your sleep can happen as often as 30 times an hour. Waking up every couple of minutes, even if you fall immediately back to sleep, is not good for your sleep.

Narcolepsy is a rare neurological disorder. Only about 1 in 2,000 people have narcolepsy. That’s between 135,000 and 200,000 people nationwide. Narcolepsy is believed to affect the brain’s control of the sleep-wake cycle. People with narcolepsy can suddenly fall asleep during the day, even in the middle of a task. They also experience interrupted sleep, with vivid dreams called hypnagogic hallucinations, sleep paralysis, and nightmares.

It appears that sleep apnea and narcolepsy are unrelated. Although about 25% of people with narcolepsy experience sleep apnea, it does not appear that sleep apnea causes narcolepsy. The two disorders have different causes and different treatments.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea and Narcolepsy

If you’re experiencing daytime sleepiness, restless sleep, or other symptoms that could indicate either sleep apnea or narcolepsy, you should see a sleep apnea specialist who can help you determine what is going on. Dr. Clifford Brown is a member of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorder Disciplines, so he will know what questions to ask and what tests to use to determine whether you have sleep apnea or another sleep disturbance.

The best way to tell the two disorders apart is a sleep study. The study will reveal the levels of various hormones and oxygen in your bloodstream before and after you sleep. This will help determine the exact cause of your sleep disturbance.

People with narcolepsy may lack a brain chemical called hypocretin. Normal levels of this chemical would indicate your sleep problem is more likely to be sleep apnea, whereas low levels of hypocretin indicate narcolepsy. Medical tests can confirm this diagnosis.

If Dr. Brown finds that you have sleep apnea, then your treatment can continue at Silent Night Therapy. We can fit you with an oral appliance to realign your jaw and prevent your throat from becoming obstructed during sleep. Our team will advise you on other steps you can take to sleep soundly and avoid daytime sleepiness and fatigue.

Contact Silent Night Therapy Today

Call our office at 631-983-2463 for your complimentary consultation about your daytime sleepiness and nightly restlessness. We’re here to diagnose your problems and help you get more restful sleep.


Allergies or Sleep Apnea?

Posted on Sunday, May 1st, 2022 at 2:51 pm    

Allergies or Sleep Apnea?

We all want a good night’s sleep. The problem is it can be so hard to get one. It seems like we toss and turn all night, or our spouse tells us in the morning that we snored like a chainsaw. Even if you don’t remember snoring, the disruption in your breathing can keep you from getting deep, restful sleep. What is the cause of snoring, and what can be done about it?

Causes of Snoring

Snoring is a sign of blocked nasal passages. There are a variety of reasons your nose and throat can be partially obstructed, but a common reason in the spring and fall is seasonal allergies. Snoring can also be caused by obstructive sleep apnea, a serious condition in which you actually stop breathing repeatedly during the night. There are treatments for both allergies and apnea, but before you can get the right treatment, you need to be sure which condition is causing your snoring.

Signs and Symptoms of Allergies and Apnea

Both allergies and sleep apnea can cause snoring, but the reasons are different. Allergies cause snoring because your nasal passages are swollen and irritated, and mucus forms in your nose, making it difficult to breathe.

Obstructive sleep apnea happens when the soft tissues of the back of the throat fall backward, partially or completely blocking your airway. When this happens, your body struggles to breathe through the obstruction, causing snoring or even causing you to wake up.

In both cases, the result is snoring, interrupted sleep, and daytime sleepiness and fatigue.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Allergies

Treatment for allergies can be as easy as taking the right antihistamines before bed or using an air filter in your home. Obstructive sleep apnea may require more intensive therapy. To determine whether you have sleep apnea, a doctor should examine you. Some risk factors for sleep apnea include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Use of certain drugs, such as opioids, which depress respiration

The doctor may want you to undergo a sleep study. In a sleep study, you might have to sleep at a hospital or sleep center overnight so the doctor can observe you sleeping. The doctor will monitor how many times you stop breathing during the night.

If you do have sleep apnea, the doctor will prescribe the best treatment. In mild cases, weight loss or other simple treatments may work. However, most cases will require the use of medical devices.

  • CPAP. The continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device is the most frequently used device for treating sleep apnea. It is often used improperly, and the Mayo Clinic estimates that at least half of users are using it wrong.
  • Oral devices. For obstructive sleep apnea, an oral device that repositions your jaw can be an ideal alternative to the CPAP. It is less expensive, much less cumbersome, more comfortable, and protects your teeth from grinding.

Call Us for Help

If you’ve been suffering through restless nights, or your fellow sleepers are complaining about your snoring, contact sleep specialist Dr. Brown at Silent Night Therapy. We can find out the cause of your sleeplessness and get you the right treatment for the problem. Give us a call at  631-983-2463. We’re here to help you sleep.


What You Should Know About Weighted Blankets and Your Sleep

Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2022 at 4:31 am    

What You Should Know About Weighted Blankets and Your Sleep

Sleep disorders are a serious health challenge that can affect every aspect of a person’s life. Getting proper sleep is necessary to promote optimal functioning of both your mind and body. A chronic lack of quality sleep can increase your risk for several different diseases, including heart disease, obesity, and anxiety.

There are a variety of treatment options for sleep apnea, from medicines, therapies, natural remedies, and even weighted blankets. 

Benefits of Using a Weighted Blanket to Sleep

A weighted blanket is designed to be heavier than a normal blanket. They can be used on the bed while sleeping or on the couch while you’re relaxing and watching TV or reading a book. For several years, they have been prescribed for children in therapeutic settings before they became more popular with all ages.

There are several benefits to using a weighted blanket. However, if you have obstructive sleep apnea, it’s important to work with your healthcare provider to ensure you’re not adding additional resistance to your breathing. 

Benefits Weighted BlanketObstructive sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder that results in a limited amount of oxygen to the brain. When left untreated, it can increase your risk for serious disease and heart attack.

It may be possible to get some of the same benefits by using a weighted blanket from the waist down as you would over your entire body. So, if your healthcare provider wants you to keep a weighted blanket away from your chest, ask about using it on the lower half of your body. 

Weighted blankets can help manage feelings of stress and anxiety and calm the nervous system as they reduce the secretion of cortisol. This stress hormone can cause you to get poor quality sleep. The pressure of a weighted blanket can also positively affect your nervous system by lowering your heart rate and reducing symptoms of anxiety. 

Each of these factors can improve your sleep quality and help you wake up feeling more refreshed. The pressure of a weighted blanket can also increase the production of serotonin to stimulate your body to relax and the production of oxytocin. Both are often referred to as “happy hormones.” 

How Do They Work?

In addition to past research, several studies released in 2020 and 2021 note weighted blankets may offer relief from physical pain and other medical disorders. For example, weighted blankets were an effective option for people who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, higher levels of anxiety, and insomnia. Another study showed that weighted blankets reduced stress and improved sleep quality in participants over a 6-week period.

The effects of using a weighted blanket may be related to a therapeutic technique called deep pressure stimulation. This technique involves the use of firm, controlled pressure over a large area of the body which is known to induce calm feelings. It’s believed weighted blankets may work for adults in the same way newborns sleep better when they are swaddled tightly. Weighted blankets promote a sense of security and comfort. 

The deep pressure stimulation may also increase levels of melatonin, which is the hormone that helps you sleep. Melatonin is also an essential and powerful antioxidant that helps protect your brain.

What Weight Should I Choose?

Weighted blankets should never be so heavy that you don’t have enough strength and physicality to get the blanket off when necessary. Manufacturers typically recommend that infants and children should not use weighted blankets as they can accidentally trap a child.

Choosing Weighted BlanketThe blankets are usually sold in weights from 7 pounds to 25 pounds. Typically, you could purchase a weighted blanket in twin, full, queen, and king sizes. They are more expensive than a regular comforter, ranging between $100 and $300. 

Adults generally prefer a blanket that is approximately 10% of their body weight. The thickness of the blanket will be dependent on the type of filler used. Some use glass beads, while others use plastic pellets. 

Some weighted blankets are sold with extra filling to increase warmth, while others use a cooler cover material. Whatever your preference, there is likely a weighted blanket to fit your needs.

Call Silent Night Therapy Today for a Complimentary Consultation

If you are ready to evaluate how your current sleep patterns are affecting your overall health, it’s time to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Brown and his team. You don’t have to function with poor-quality sleep or sleep apnea. Quality sleep and the benefits of rest are within reach. All it takes is the right customized solution to address your issues with sleep apnea. Call us today at 631-983-2463 to schedule your complimentary consultation.


What Is an Oral Appliance?

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2022 at 1:55 pm    

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. It is a sleep disorder in which the patient suffers from breathing issues caused by physical blockages to the airway while they sleep. It can lead to loud snoring and jerking or gasping awake as the diaphragm attempts to open the airway. Left untreated, OSA can lead to long-term complications like heart attacks and strokes.

If you have been diagnosed with OSA, then you may have used a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to treat your condition. CPAP devices feature a mask and hose that force a continuous stream of oxygen into the lungs overnight. However, these devices are bulky, loud, and uncomfortable. The most popular CPAP devices on the market, manufactured by Philips Respironics, were actually recalled recently after it was discovered that the sound abatement foam contained in the devices had the potential to cause cancer.

If you are looking for a new treatment option for your OSA that is effective and safe, look no further than oral appliances.

What Are Oral Appliances?

Oral appliances are devices that OSA patients use to keep their airway open throughout the night while they sleep. Oral appliances achieve this by repositioning your jaw to prevent the tissue in your airway from obstructing your breathing. As a result, patients can breathe freely without snoring and without risking further health problems down the road.

There are several types of oral appliances on the market today. They include:

  • Mandibular Advancement Devices – This oral device works by shifting the jaw and tongue forward, which reduces blockage in the throat.
  • Tongue-Stabilizing Devices – These oral appliances are usually made of flexible plastic or silicone resin. They use suction to pull the tongue forward, away from the back of the throat, reducing blockages in the air passages.
  • Mouth Guards – These types of devices also help reposition the jaw, but to a lesser degree than mandibular advancement devices.

How Silent Night Therapy Can Help

At Silent Night Therapy, we understand how invasive CPAP devices can be. We are also familiar with the severe consequences of untreated sleep apnea. Now that Philips CPAP devices have been recalled, many sleep apnea patients have begun searching for alternative solutions. One of the solutions that we frequently recommend to patients is an Oral Sleep Appliance.

Here at Silent Night Therapy, we offer four types of oral appliances. They look similar to mouthguards and are ultimately far less intrusive than a CPAP machine. Our oral appliances shift the jaw to open the air passages, allowing oxygen to pass freely in and out of the lungs while a patient sleeps. Each of the different types of appliances we offer has its own benefits, not the least of which is that they are more comfortable to wear than a CPAP.

Contact Us

If you have OSA and would like to learn more about how an oral appliance can help you sleep better, call us at 631-983-2463 and schedule an appointment with us at your earliest convenience. Dr. Clifford Brown was among the first dentists to prescribe and offer oral appliances here on Long Island. Dr. Brown is committed to helping sleep apnea patients get the effective treatment they need and deserve. Contact us today.


What You Need to Know About CPAP Intolerance

Posted on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 at 7:17 pm    

Treating obstructive sleep apnea with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) can be effective. A tube connects a mask covering the nose and mouth with a machine to deliver pressurized air into the airway. The device keeps your airway open so you can breathe while you sleep. Unfortunately, some people suffer from CPAP intolerance, which prevents them from treating their sleep apnea with CPAP therapy.

CPAP intolerance is a serious problem and can worsen sleep apnea symptoms. Many times, someone will take a CPAP machine home with them and realize they can’t use it. Instead of looking for another solution, they accept that they must continue to suffer from their symptoms.

Common factors associated with CPAP intolerance include:

  • Leaking mask
  • Latex allergy
  • Poorly fitting mask
  • Uncomfortable straps and headgear
  • Interrupted sleep from noises made by the CPAP machine
  • Claustrophobia
  • Limited ability to move while sleeping

When sleep apnea patients don’t receive adequate treatment, CPAP intolerance can increase the risk of developing various medical issues, such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Treating Sleep Apnea Symptoms with Oral Appliance Therapy

Obstructive sleep apnea causes repeated episodes of stopped breathing while a person sleeps. The most common symptoms of this sleep-related breathing disorder include:

  • Night sweats
  • Loud snoring
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Restlessness while sleeping

Without the necessary treatment, obstructive sleep apnea can negatively impact your overall health. You face sleepless nights, daytime fatigue, and a range of health issues. You might think there isn’t a solution to your problem with CPAP intolerance. However, you could benefit from an alternative treatment.

Oral appliance therapy can prevent your airway from collapsing as you sleep. An oral appliance fits like a retainer or mouthguard. It supports the jaw in a forward position or holds the tongue in place to promote breathing.

You can choose from four popular devices based on your needs:

  • Respite Blue+ – This oral appliance is customizable, so it fits comfortably in the mouth. Interlocking wings and a dual block design allow wearers to sleep in their favorite position while the device keeps their airway open.
  • The Adjustable Herbst – The Adjustable Herbst consists of two pieces with a hinged mechanism on the upper and lower parts. Advancement of the mandible and titration is possible using the advancement screws on the hinged mechanisms.
  • The EMA – The smallest appliance offered to patients is the Elastic Mandibular Advancement (EMA). A strap with varying flexibilities and lengths keeps two individual trays together. The wearer can enjoy the comfort and lateral movement from the 2 mm vacuum form material on the trays.
  • Dynaflex Dorsal – One of the most popular appliances to treat obstructive sleep apnea is the Dynaflex Dorsal. The device is made of two pieces and allows for comfort and lateral jaw movement. The hardware on the device also keeps the lower jaw in place while the wearer sleeps.

Contact Silent Night Therapy

At Silent Night Therapy, we believe every patient deserves quality sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea affects your health and can interfere with your daily routine. You should explore your options for treatment to manage your symptoms and sleep more soundly.

If you’re suffering from sleep apnea and CPAP intolerance, oral appliance therapy might be the treatment for you. Call Silent Night Therapy at 631-983-2463 today for your next appointment.


Signs Your Snoring Might Be Dangerous 

Posted on Saturday, January 1st, 2022 at 3:10 pm    

Signs Your Snoring Might Be Dangerous

Noisy snoring is often a plot device used to initiate strife between new couples. While it is played up for laughs, snoring may be a dangerous sign of a more troubling condition. Snoring isn’t just a distraction, and it doesn’t just impact partners sharing a bedroom. Snoring can dramatically impact a person’s health and the quality of their sleep.

At Silent Night Therapy, we want to help shed light on the often-overlooked dangerous impacts of snoring and what you can do to get a better night’s rest.

What Is Snoring?

Snoring is the loud, hoarse, or harsh sound of air causing tissues in the throat to vibrate. When the air a person breathes passes over these relaxed tissues, the vibration makes an audible sound. At some point in life, almost everyone will snore. Allergies, colds, and congestion can cause acute bouts of snoring. Chronic snoring, however, can be a sign of a more serious health condition.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is one condition that can cause excessive or persistent snoring. The most common type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea. In obstructive sleep apnea, an individual will stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night. In people with obstructive sleep apnea, breathing is typically disrupted by a complete or partial blockage of the throat. Relaxed soft tissue is generally the source of this blockage. The disruption in breathing can wake a person up, cause them to gasp or choke, and prevent them from getting a full and restful night’s sleep.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring is often one of the most prominent symptoms of sleep apnea. Loud and chronic snoring that seems to have no other apparent cause can sometimes be attributed to some form of sleep apnea. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Gasping or choking at night
  • Dry mouth the following morning
  • Sore throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Changes in mood or irritability
  • Nighttime sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Difficulty concentrating

Individuals who are overweight, smoke, or are over the age of 50 tend to be at an increased risk of developing sleep apnea. However, it is a condition that can impact anyone.

Sleep apnea is a significant medical condition. Sleep apnea can impact the quality of a person’s sleep, dramatically impacting their ability to function. Studies have linked sleep apnea to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep apnea can also exacerbate heart conditions and may lead to an increased risk of a heart attack.

Snoring and Oral Appliances

You or your partner don’t have to live with snoring and sleep apnea. There are several ways to treat the condition, and an oral appliance may be a solution worth looking into. An oral appliance is worn inside the mouth, almost like a mouthguard for sports, but is much more comfortable. These devices are custom-fitted and help re-align the jaw and tongue. When fitted and worn properly, the device helps keep the upper airway open and free from obstruction. This allows air to flow more freely, preventing snoring and treating sleep apnea.

Schedule a Sleep Consultation

Constantly waking up feeling like you didn’t get enough sleep? Do you snore or have a partner that complains about your snoring? Get in touch with a sleep professional at Silent Night Therapy and schedule your own sleep consultation.

At Silent Night Therapy, we can help diagnose and treat your underlying sleep issues. If you are ready to get the best sleep of your life, contact our office online today or call us at 631-983-2463 to schedule your sleep consultation.


Sleep Divorce? How a Sleep Apnea Appliance Can Save Your Marriage

Posted on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 at 6:02 pm    

Sleep divorce happens when a couple decides sleeping in separate rooms is the only option if one of you snores and disturbs the other’s sleep quality. Although it might seem like a practical solution, the physical distance of spending every night in different rooms can lead to emotional distance in your relationship.

We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep. It’s necessary to rest and recharge, so you’re ready to take on the day. Unfortunately, snoring is a common problem among married couples. Spending each night struggling to fall asleep and stay asleep affects not only your health but also your marriage.

Loud snoring is one of the tell-tale signs of sleep apnea. According to statistics from the American Sleep Apnea Association, approximately 22 million people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea. Fortunately, you and your partner can finally sleep better in the same bed when you treat sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.

Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Before you can discuss the available treatment options for sleep apnea, you must first determine whether you or your partner has sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that causes a person to start and stop breathing repeatedly as they sleep.

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Waking up with a dry throat or mouth
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Irritability
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Trouble staying asleep
  • Difficulty paying attention while awake
  • Episodes of stopped breathing continuously throughout the night

Oral Appliance Therapy

An experienced healthcare professional can diagnose your condition. If it turns out you or your spouse has sleep apnea, you might benefit from oral appliance therapy.

Oral appliance therapy involves a custom device the snorer can wear to reduce episodes of sleep apnea and snoring.

These four types of oral appliances are available based on a person’s needs:

  • The EMA – The Elastic Mandibular Advancement (EMA) contains two individual trays made of vacuum form material held together with a strap. The strap can vary in flexibility and length. This device is comfortable and allows lateral movement of the jaw.
  • Dynaflex Dorsal – The dorsal oral appliance can effectively minimize the occurrence of snoring in the wearer. The device contains two pieces with hardware that keep the lower jaw in place as the wearer sleeps.
  • The Adjustable Herbst – The Adjustable Herbst contains hinged mechanisms on the upper and lower faces of the oral appliance. There are also advancement screws on these mechanisms for titration and advancement of the mandible.
  • Respire Blue+ — The Respire Blue+ is a custom mouthpiece. This device is designed to have interlocking wings that help keep the airway open no matter which sleep position you choose.

Contact Silent Night Therapy

The professional team from Silent Night Therapy believes everyone deserves to sleep soundly every night. If you and your partner resigned yourselves to sleeping separately because you don’t think there’s a better solution, you should contact us immediately.

A sleep apnea appliance might be the remedy you’ve been looking for to save your marriage, as well as your quality of sleep. Call us at 631-983-2463 today for a free sleep consultation and learn about the options that are available to treat your or your spouse’s sleep apnea symptoms.


Common Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea

Posted on Monday, October 25th, 2021 at 2:06 pm    

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes a person to stop and start breathing while they continue to sleep. It’s a serious condition that can lead to a range of health problems, such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and abnormal liver function.

Unfortunately, diagnosing sleep apnea can be a challenge because many symptoms are similar to those that point to other medical conditions. It’s critical to see a specialist who can accurately diagnose the problem and create an effective treatment plan.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

  • Central sleep apnea – The muscles that control a person’s breathing don’t receive the correct signals from the brain.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea – The muscles at the back of the throat relax during sleep, restricting airflow.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome – This happens when someone has central and obstructive sleep apnea together.

Central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea cause similar symptoms. A doctor can perform tests to determine which type you have and how to treat it.

Signs That You Might Have Sleep Apnea

Most people don’t realize they have sleep apnea unless their partner informs them of their loud snoring. Sometimes, this symptom goes ignored and untreated. Many believe it’s a minor issue without any cause for concern.

However, snoring can indicate a serious issue with a person’s breathing while they are asleep. Sleep apnea causes the muscles at the back of the throat to relax, resulting in the airway closing or narrowing. Snoring happens when air flows past these relaxed muscles, causing the tissues to vibrate.

Loud snoring isn’t the only symptom. Other common warning signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Gasping for air while sleeping
  • Night sweats
  • Sore throat or dry mouth after waking up
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Restlessness or waking up frequently at night
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Forgetfulness

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor right away.

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Various treatments are available if you suffer from sleep apnea. The right treatment for you will depend on the type you have and how severe it is.

Common sleep apnea treatments include:

  • Oral appliance therapy – An oral appliance can help keep your mouth in the best position for a better night’s sleep. There are four types of these appliances available at Silent Night Therapy, and we will help you choose the right one and custom-fit it to you.
  • Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy – A machine pushes air through a mask worn over the nose and mouth to keep a person’s airway open while they sleep.
  • Lifestyle changes – Obesity increases the risk of sleep apnea. Losing weight could reduce the frequency of symptoms and improve the quality of sleep.
  • Surgery – There are multiple procedures to repair malformed or excessive tissue that prevents air from flowing through the throat or nose.

A qualified sleep expert could determine which treatment would be best to meet your needs. Do not hesitate to get a diagnosis of your disorder right now and avoid medical complications in the future.

Contact Silent Night Therapy for Your Free Consultation

At Silent Night Therapy, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep. You need to feel well-rested to work and tend to your daily responsibilities. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you likely experience interrupted sleep and wake up feeling fatigued. You should not have to face the adverse physical and mental effects of a treatable disorder.

Call Silent Night Therapy at 631-983-2463 right now for a free consultation and learn about the available options to treat your sleep apnea.


Five Reasons Why CPAP Users Should Try Oral Appliances 

Posted on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021 at 9:01 pm    

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, the best treatment for the condition is the one that you will actually use. Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that causes an individual to intermittently stop breathing while they sleep. In obstructive sleep apnea cases, breathing stops due to a blockage of the airway, sometimes because of the collapse of soft tissue in the throat. CPAP machines constantly deliver pressurized air throughout the night and help keep a person’s airway from collapsing.

However, CPAP machines aren’t the only treatment option available to people suffering from sleep apnea. Some oral devices also have a good track record of alleviating symptoms and helping individuals get a good night’s rest. If you feel like you are unhappily chained to your CPAP machine, here are five reasons why you may want to consider trying an oral appliance instead.

Comfort

CPAP machines can be uncomfortable. Many people report feeling claustrophobic when they wear a full mask. People who frequently toss and turn at night find that they tend to dislodge or remove their mask with their thrashing, defeating the purpose of wearing the mask or nasal cannula at all. An oral appliance is generally worn inside the mouth, almost like the retainer you had as a kid. The appliance helps to hold the jaw in the correct position and open the airway. Some individuals find wearing a properly fitted oral appliance to be much more comfortable than a CPAP machine.

Get Closer to Your Partner

Some sleep apnea machines are loud and bulky. Your partner either must contend with your snoring or the constant hum or drone of the CPAP machine. An oral appliance is silent and delivers comfort for you and comfort for your partner.

Less Embarrassment

Sleep apnea can be an embarrassing condition for some people. Who wants to invite a new partner over to spend the night, only to be hooked up to a machine with a giant face mask? Sleep apnea is your business and no one else’s. An oral appliance is small, discreet, and can be worn without anyone being the wiser.

Safe to Travel With

It’s not that CPAP machines are unsafe to travel with, but they sure are cumbersome and inconvenient. They take up valuable luggage space and make flying a hassle. Traveling with an oral appliance is easy since its case conveniently fits in a purse, pocket, or carry-on bag.

Good for Long-Term Compliance

Unfortunately, many people are gung-ho about getting their sleep apnea under control in the beginning. However, struggling with a CPAP machine may make some people lose the battle before the war. The cleaning, maintenance, and discomfort associated with a CPAP machine may eventually discourage people from using the device. Oral appliances can be better for long-term compliance.

If you want to explore all your sleep apnea treatment options, consult with the team at Silent Night Therapy. We can diagnose your sleep condition and give you treatment options that will address your specific issues. If you are ready to get a better night’s sleep, contact us today for a complimentary consultation.

 


Is there a pill that can treat sleep apnea?

Posted on Thursday, July 1st, 2021 at 9:46 pm    

Pill For SleepapneaMore than 22 million Americans live with sleep apnea. Of those people, it is estimated that 80% of those people are undiagnosed. Further, for the 20% who are diagnosed, many do not treat their sleep apnea properly. It is clearly evident that an easy to use and accessible solution is needed to help these sleep apnea patients.

Sleep apnea can lead to many health risks. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to strain on your heart and cause high blood pressure and enlargement of your heart. Sleep apnea also reduces the quality of sleep you’re getting every night, leaving you drowsy and irritable during the day. It could potentially put you at risk for accidents when driving, working, or operating heavy machinery. It is crucial to treat sleep apnea so that you can prevent these issues.

The “gold standard” for treating sleep apnea is the CPAP device. Though the CPAP is effective, it is unfortunately not the right solution for everyone. Many patients who have been prescribed a CPAP device find it intolerable to use and simply don’t use it at all, which leaves their sleep apnea untreated. Sleep apnea patients may be desperate for a solution that doesn’t involve an uncomfortable, bulky, and noisy machine. This has led to discussion about the possibility of a pill that can treat sleep apnea. Is a pill the right solution to treat sleep apnea? So far, research suggests that the answer is no.

Medications like benzodiazepines can treat sleep apnea, but they are rarely recommended by doctors. In a world that treats so many health conditions and diseases with medications, this may seem surprising, but benzodiazepines merely relax the airway tissues in your throat. This is not generally helpful because obstructive sleep apnea is most often caused by airway blockages that result because of relaxed tissues in your throat, so a medication to further relax your throat isn’t going to help the situation. Unfortunately, a pill is most likely not the right solution to treat your sleep apnea.

So there’s no magic pill to treat your sleep apnea, and your CPAP machine is absolutely intolerable to sleep with. What does that leave you with? Oral appliance therapy! This treatment is the perfect solution for patients with obstructive sleep apnea who cannot tolerate their CPAP device. It is a custom fitted mouth guard that works with the muscles in your mouth and throat to prevent blockages and reduce instances of apnea. There is no face mask, oxygen tube, or bulky machine to deal with. Just a small mouth guard that will help you get the amazing night’s sleep you’ve been dreaming of!

If you’re looking for a better solution to treat your sleep apnea, you’ve come to the right place! Give us a call at 631-983-2463 to learn how we can help.