There is nothing funny about Sleep Apnea.
For Dr. Piccolo, your overall health is a top priority. Understanding the connection between your oral health, your systemic health, and your lifestyle is what enables him to provide you with outstanding dental care. Partnering with you as well as your physician to treat conditions such as sleep apnea is what enables him to provide you with world-class healthcare.
Much more than bothersome snoring, sleep apnea is a condition in which the breathing is repeatedly interrupted during normal sleep. A common form of sleep apnea is obstructive, in which there is a partial or complete blockage of the upper airway. This obstruction can lead to a combination of health and safety concerns, and the condition should not be ignored.
The tongue, excessive tissue in the soft palate, and obesity are common contributors to the condition. For proper diagnosis, an evaluation by your physician is strongly recommended.
As you sleep, it is common for the muscles of the jaws, tongue, and mouth to relax considerably. As the muscles relax and fall backward, the upper airway may become obstructed, creating a snoring or gurgling sound. With this interruption in breathing, you may fail to achieve deep or relaxing levels of sleep.
Over time, the failure to achieve satisfying levels of sleep leads to chronic fatigue, sleepiness during the day and unsafe driving. Cardiovascular disease, obesity, and stroke have all been linked to sleep apnea.
Upon the recommendation of your physician, Dr. Piccolo may construct an oral appliance that can help to maintain an open airway. The appliance may be in the form of a removable mouthguard that can properly position the upper and lower jaws as you sleep.
This non-surgical approach to sleep apnea supports Dr. Piccolo’s mission to provide you with a building block for achieving better physical systemic health.