Seek Sleep Apnea Treatment for a Better Night's Sleep

Sleep apnea is a chronic disorder in which patients experience frequent pauses in breathing while sleeping. These constant interruptions to your sleep can result in exhaustion, headaches, and other symptoms. The disorder can even cause or worsen serious health conditions, like stroke and heart disease. Fortunately, Dr. Eduardo Torrado offers highly effective sleep apnea treatment to patients in Rochester, NY, and the surrounding areas. At Torrado Dental, we offer custom-made oral appliances that will open up your airways and help you reestablish a normal sleep pattern.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). OSA is the more common of the two types and is caused when your soft palate, throat, or tongue blocks your airways, causing your breathing to stop temporarily. Your sleep could be interrupted dozens or even hundreds of times each night, and you will wake up feeling tired despite a full night's rest. OSA can typically be treated by Dr. Torrado, who may recommend oral appliances that realign your jaw and open up your airways as you sleep.

illustration of sleep apnea

CSA is caused when your brain fails to send signals to your muscles to breathe. This may be caused by instability in the respiratory control center. This is a serious condition, and should be treated by a specialist.

Are You Suffering from Sleep Apnea?

OSA patients are often unaware of their disorder as they have no memory of the gaps in their breathing, or waking up with a loud, gasping sound. It is often a partner or roommate who is first aware of this condition. However, there are several symptoms that may point towards OSA:

  • Loud snoring
  • Constant exhaustion, despite getting a full night’s sleep
  • Chronic headaches, especially in the morning
  • A sore throat upon waking up
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Problems with concentration and memory

OSA can have many long-term consequences for your overall health. Scientists have linked sleep apnea to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Therefore, if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Dr. Torrado can easily pinpoint problems with your oral structure, providing effective, non-invasive care to manage obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Treatment at Torrado Dental

Once you have received a diagnosis of OSA, Dr. Torrado can treat the condition with custom-made oral appliances, much like those used to treat TMJ disorder. The doctor will take impressions of your teeth, and our lab will use these molds to create your device. Once your appliance is created, you will simply need to wear it while you sleep. Throughout the night, the device will push your lower jaw slightly forward. In turn, this will tighten your soft palate and open up your throat.

In other cases, the doctor might recommend another device that repositions your tongue so that it does not fall back into your airways. Both these appliances are small and comfortable. Like most patients, you should find it easy to adjust to your device, and you will begin to enjoy a restful sleep in just a few nights. 

Why See a Dentist for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

If you are suffering from the symptoms of OSA, a call to your dentist may not be the first thing on your mind. However, Dr. Torrado is intimately familiar with healthy jaw alignment and the natural structure of the mouth. Therefore, he can easily pinpoint problems with your oral structure, providing appropriate, non-invasive care. In addition, he can also diagnose other, sometimes related, problems at the same time. For example, during your sleep apnea evaluation, Dr. Torrado might also notice the signs of TMJ disorder, tooth erosion, or dental misalignment.

Contact Us for an Appointment

If you have been feeling exhausted despite sleeping through the night and are having difficulty concentrating during the day, you may be suffering from OSA. Contact Torrado Dental for a sleep apnea consultation with our experienced doctor.