Sleep Apnea Specialist

Behshad Ahkami, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Glow Dental Spa

Behshad Ahkami, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Wayne, NJ

Getting a good night’s sleep is the foundation of a positive mood and a productive day. Sleep apnea prevents you from sleeping soundly at night and affects your daytime life, too. At Glow Dental Spa in Wayne, New Jersey, Behshad Ahkami, DDS, provides custom appliances to wear while you sleep and help you breathe easier. For help managing your sleep apnea, request an appointment by phone or online at Glow Dental Spa today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder affecting the lives of about 18 million adults. It inhibits your breathing and can get worse if you gain weight. Dr. Ahkami specializes in treating obstructive sleep apnea.

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, the structure of your airway changes when you lie down. Your tissues may close off the pathway from your mouth and nose to your lungs, or the position of your jaw might not allow enough air to flow through. 

As a result, your blood can’t collect enough oxygen from your lungs and, of course, your sleep suffers.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea comes with more symptoms than many people realize. Whether or not you have an official diagnosis, you’ve likely been told that you snore at night. This is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, although not everyone with sleep apnea snores loudly. 

The main symptom of sleep apnea is breathing problems. Even if you don’t consciously realize it, the condition causes you to pause your breathing or gasp for air intermittently while you sleep. Other common symptoms are:

  • Waking up a lot at night
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Insomnia
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Morning headaches

Untreated, sleep apnea leads to an array of health complications far worse than drowsiness or moodiness. The lack of oxygen in your blood can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, or heart disease.

How can my dentist treat my sleep apnea?

You might be surprised to find that the dentist’s office is the place to go for obstructive sleep apnea treatment. 

Typically, the go-to treatment for sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. You wear a face mask attached to the machine at night, and it creates a pressure chamber to hold your airway open and allow you to breathe.

Many patients find the CPAP machine uncomfortable or loud, especially if they share a bedroom. 

At Glow Dental Spa, Dr. Ahkami fits you for a custom dental appliance that looks like a mouthguard and holds your airway open comfortably as you sleep. You may need to try out several kinds before finding one that works for you.

If a satisfying night of sleep is rare or nonexistent for you, call Glow Dental Spa or book an appointment online for sleep apnea treatment today.