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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Chatham, NJ

Snoring and sleep apnea are not the same thing. Don’t ignore the warning signs!

Man snoring in bed

Sleep apnea is a common condition in which your breathing pauses as you sleep. These pauses can prevent you from sleeping well and can even contribute to heart problems.

Fortunately, Dr. Corina Atanase—a proud member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine—can help. Fill out this form or contact our office to schedule an appointment today.

About Sleep Apnea

There are two main types of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.

  • Central sleep apnea is less common and occurs when your brain sends incorrect signals to the muscles that control your breathing.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea is more common and happens when your airway collapses or becomes partially blocked when you sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea may occur when your tongue or other soft tissues fall back and block your airway. The obstruction causes pauses in your breathing or shallow breathing as you sleep. Partial obstruction causes tissues to vibrate as you breathe, resulting in snoring.

Some people are at higher risk for sleep apnea than are others. Obesity, a large tongue, a small upper jawbone, a small lower jawbone, a thick neck or a deviated septum increase your risk for developing sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea puts you at higher risk for daytime fatigue and sleepiness, which can cause you to fall asleep at work, while watching TV or even while driving a car. Sudden drops in oxygen during paused breathing can increase your blood pressure and strain your heart, which can cause coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms and stroke.

Treatment Options

Oral Appliance

Dr. Corina Atanase can treat obstructive sleep apnea using advanced oral appliance therapy.

With this type of treatment, Dr. Atanase creates a custom-fit appliance that holds your airway open while you sleep. This appliance can improve your sleep, restore alertness during the day, and revitalize your health.

The oral appliance fits like an orthodontic retainer or sports mouth guard. Worn during sleep, it supports your jaw in a forward position so that your tongue and oral tissues do not slide backward to collapse your airway.

Read a review from Chris, who recently received an oral appliance from Dr Atanase.

Dr. Atanase changed my life! For years I suffered from tiredness, fatigue, and ADD symptoms but never knew why. Blood test and everything else came back normal.

Then when visiting Dr. Atanase for my TMJ she pointed out my severe tongue tie and taught me about how an obstructed airway caused my by tongue causes sleep deprivation. I had no idea!

After using an oral appliance, myofunctional therapy and having my tongue released, I feel like a new person! Now I have mental clarity, energy, my fatigue and ADD symptoms are gone, and I’m not struggling to stay awake anymore!

Dr. Atanase is the one who started me on this journey, and I will always be grateful to her and her incredible team for changing my life. She is a life saver!

This effective treatment has helped countless patients just like you feel well rested, have more energy, lose weight, and even reduce the number of medications needed to treat cardiac conditions.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, find the help you need. Make an appointment online with Dr. Corina Atanase at Advanced Dentistry, LLC.