Sleep Apnea Screening

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes interrupted breathing while you sleep. If left untreated, it can lead to serious health complications, including high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, depression and more. Luckily, sleep apnea can be treated with help from oral appliances, breathing machines or, in severe cases, surgery.

At Red Bank Smiles, Dr. Benjamin Klayman and his team are highly trained at spotting the symptoms of sleep apnea and can offer treatment recommendations that may provide relief. Sleep apnea is the most common cause of teeth grinding because the body fights to push your jaw forward to open your airway.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Because there are two different types of sleep apnea, symptoms may vary. Obstructive sleep apnea is most common and occurs when the airway is blocked. Sometimes a person’s throat muscles may collapse during sleep, or the tongue may fall back and prevent the passage of air. The other type is called central sleep apnea and happens when the brain fails to send signals to the breathing muscles.

In general, common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up with a dry or sore throat
  • Restless sleep
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Forgetfulness
  • Mood changes
  • Insomnia
  • Waking up throughout the night
  • Choking or gasping while asleep
  • Worn and broken teeth

If you experience any or all of the symptoms, fill out this quick and easy analysis and bring it to your dentist.

Checking for Sleep Apnea at the Dentist

During a dental exam, there are some telltale signs of sleep apnea that a trained dentist knows to look for. For example, they can tell if you grind your teeth at night, which could indicate sleep apnea. Additionally, redness in the throat can be a sign of snoring. Other signs may be related to the size and structure of the tongue or jaw. If it’s suspected that you have sleep apnea, Dr. Klayman might provide you with a prescription nightguard or refer you to a sleep specialist.

Red Bank Smiles Cares

The team at Red Bank Smiles is committed to caring for you, your teeth and your overall well-being. At your next visit, talk to Dr. Klayman about any unusual symptoms you may be experiencing. Don’t have an appointment scheduled? Book online or call Heidi at 732-741-1052.

Copyright © 2019 Red Bank Smiles. All rights reserved.

Red Bank Smiles | 180 River Rd | Red Bank, NJ 07701 | 732-741-1052 | [email protected]