Sleep Apnea Specialist

R. Craig Miller, DMD -  - Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry

The Miller Center

R. Craig Miller, DMD

Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in Livingston, NJ

More than 18 million Americans live with sleep apnea, a condition that can have serious negative health ramifications. R. Craig Miller, of The Miller Center in Livingston, New Jersey, offers treatments that help you get the rest you need to thrive. Book your consultation today to learn more and get started on a path toward renewed rest. Online booking is available or you can always reach the office by phone during business hours.

Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that makes it hard to get enough oxygen while you sleep. The problem is characterized by multiple pauses in normal breathing patterns. In some cases, these breathing interruptions occur as many as 30 times each hour.

Sleep apnea has two main types: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. In central sleep apnea, a problem in the communication patterns between your brain and muscles leads to breathing disruption. Obstructive sleep apnea is far more common and occurs when the tissues in the back of your throat collapse and block your airway during sleep.

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

Chronic snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea. Additional symptoms include:

  • Gasping for air during the night
  • Morning headaches
  • Problems staying asleep
  • Difficulty staying alert and awake during the day
  • Daytime cognitive problems
  • Waking up with a dry mouth

In many cases, your partner notices the signs of sleep apnea before you do. If he or she complains about snoring or expresses concern that you seem to stop breathing during sleep, seek a diagnostic exam.

What happens if sleep apnea goes untreated?

Sleep apnea robs your brain of oxygen and robs your body of rest. That can have serious health consequences over time. Left untreated, sleep apnea leads to:

  • Daytime fatigue and concentration problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart issues
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Liver problems
  • Complications with surgery or drug therapy

A less frequently discussed problem with sleep apnea is that the condition often impacts the sleep of your partner and other loved ones. This can put a strain on a relationship, and drive your partner to sleep elsewhere to get enough rest.

How is sleep apnea treated?

There are options for treating sleep apnea. One approach involves a custom-fitted oral appliance that positions your jaw in such a way to keep your airway open during the night. There are several different devices to choose from, and Dr. Miller helps you find the type that’s right for your specific needs.

To explore this and other treatments for sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller today, online or by phone.