Frequently Asked Sleep Apnea Questions

Please review some of the most common concerns among our sleep apnea patients.

If my sleep apnea does not bother me, should I have treatment?

Yes!  If sleep apena is left untreated, life-threatening health problems can develop, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Memory problems
  • Weight Gain
  • Impotency
  • Headaches
  • Daytime fatigue

What causes sleep apnea?

Several factors contribute to the cause of sleep apnea including:

  • Being overweight
  • Large tongue / large tonsils
  • Small airway due to head and neck shape
  • Age
  • Gender

Am I at risk for sleep apnea?

Almost anyone is capable of developing sleep apnea.  Approximately 15 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea affects more men than woman.  The risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, and loud snoring.  Please review our section on “Sleep apnea self-assessment” to help determine your risk.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

The best way to determine if you suffer from this condition is to have a sleep test conducted by a sleep apnea dentist.  Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry’s Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick can perform all the necessary testing for you.

How do you treat sleep apnea?

Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry recommend using Oral Appliance Therapy.  The appliance is custom made to fit your teeth and mouth so you will comfortable, healthy, and well rested.

 

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