When looking to treat your sleep apnea, understanding your condition is essential. Our sleep dentist and team believe in educating patients about the characteristics of this disorder and its treatment. If you would like education on sleep apnea in Staten Island, New York, call Staten Island Dental Sleep Health at 718-948-5100. Our team will be happy to answer any of your questions. Some of the common questions our patients have are:

What Causes an Airway Obstruction?

Several different conditions can cause airway obstruction. Many of them are out of the patient’s control, such as genetic disposition for an enlarged neck or enlarged soft tissues in the mouth or throat. Obesity and a high weight can also increase a patient’s chance of developing airway obstruction.

What Increases Your Risk of OSA?

Some common conditions that increase your risk include family history, narrow airways, high blood pressure and diabetes. Other conditions that a patient might have more control over are tobacco and alcohol use, as well as weight management and exercise.

What Should You Do If You Suspect You May Have Sleep Apnea?

If you or your partner notice signs of sleep apnea and suspect that you might have this condition, be sure to get a professional diagnosis. Our sleep dentist, Dr. Mel Pearson, can work with local physicians who can give you a professional analysis.

Can Sleep Apnea Go Away Without Treatment?

Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of sleep apnea symptoms is through proper diagnosis and treatment. While some lifestyle changes, such as increased exercise, weight loss or cutting out tobacco and alcohol, can have a positive effect, this is often not enough. Contact us today to see how you can fully treat sleep apnea.

What Happens If I Don’t Treat My Sleep Apnea?

If this disorder is left untreated, the heath issues it causes also go unchecked. Some of the serious health problems linked to sleep apnea include:

  • Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Headaches and irritability
  • Depression and difficulty concentrating
  • Dry mouth
  • Heartburn
  • Decrease in libido