Sleep Apnea Dentist

Melvin Pierson, DDS, FAGD, FADI -  - General Dentist

Pierson Dental

Melvin Pierson, DDS, FAGD, FADI

General Dentistry, Orthodontics & Periodontics located in Sicklerville, NJ

If you’re a heavy snorer and have episodes during the night in which your breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted, you may have obstructive sleep apnea. And a noisy CPAP machine is not the only solution. At Pierson Dental, experienced dentist Dr. Melvin Pierson offers effective, convenient solutions to sleep apnea. If you live in Sicklerville, Williamstown, Glassboro, Clayton, or Franklinville, New Jersey, call the office or book online to find out about simple dental solutions for sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What causes sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your breathing is repeatedly interrupted for at least 10 seconds at a time as you sleep. Those experiencing sleep apnea have these interruptions hundreds of times per week. The condition occurs when the muscles at the back of your throat fail to keep your airway open, and tissue blocks the airway. Then your brain senses a lack of oxygen and awakens your body.

You still experience fractured sleep and chronic exhaustion, even though in the morning, you may not remember these episodes of awakening because they’re brief.

Why is sleep apnea a concern?

Sleep apnea interrupts your sleep cycle, leading to daytime drowsiness that can make you feel low on energy and have difficulty concentrating on tasks. The oxygen starvation experienced during sleep apnea has health implications, too, including increased risk for heart disease, hypertension, and mood problems. You’re also at a higher risk of driving while tired, increasing the chance of severe car accidents.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

If you snore loudly and your partner reports episodes of you awakening briefly, it’s an indication that you might have sleep apnea. Other symptoms include:

  • Sleeplessness and insomnia
  • Difficulty concentrating and irritability
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Learning and memory problems
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • High blood pressure
  • Episodes of choking as you awaken during the night

How is sleep apnea treated?

A continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP) is often prescribed as a treatment for sleep apnea. But these machines are noisy, uncomfortable, cumbersome, and don’t travel well. Many people who have CPAP machines don’t use them, because they can’t sleep through the sound of the pump or stand to wear the mask all night.

At Pierson Dental, Dr. Pierson offers oral appliances that are customized to your mouth and provide an alternative way to treat sleep apnea. These appliances called snore guards fit the structure of your mouth for ultimate comfort. They reposition the lower jaw and tongue to ensure your airway stays open.

What are the benefits of an oral appliance for sleep apnea?

Oral appliances offer numerous advantages for your sleep apnea treatment. An oral appliance is:

  • Portable, so you can travel with it
  • Quiet, so it doesn’t affect other sleepers in the room
  • Easy to use no matter your sleep positions
  • Mask free and headgear free
  • Easy to keep clean

And unlike CPAP machines, an oral appliance has no parts to maintain or replace.

For more information about dental solutions for sleep apnea, call Pierson Dental or book an appointment online today.