Sleep ApneaRidgefield, NJ
We can provide professional treatment and solutions to prevent sleep apnea from interrupting your sleep. There is no reason to let sleep apnea hinder your quality of life by limiting the amount of sleep you get. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes difficulty breathing while asleep to the point that patients stop breathing for several seconds or minutes at a time.
Sleep apnea treatment is available at Bergen Health & Wellness in Ridgefield and the surrounding area. At our sleep clinic, we work with Dr. Joseph Portale, DMD, MAGD to help patients find solutions to nighttime snoring and other symptoms of sleep apnea.
Call our wellness clinic at (201) 402-4161 today and set up an appointment to meet with our team.
Benefits of sleep apnea treatment
With proper treatment, patients can manage sleep apnea symptoms and get a full night of sleep. While some people may dismiss the symptoms of sleep apnea, such as snoring, the condition will only get worse over time. The sudden start and stop of a patient's breathing can grow in the length of time a patient does not breathe from several seconds to minutes.
Fortunately, we can help by providing various forms of treatment. Benefits of our treatment include:
- A customized treatment for each patient’s needs
- Personalized sleep study to determine the extent of the sleep apnea
- Being able to get a full night of sleep without breathing issues
- Finding a solution that fits the patient and does not irritate the face
- Preventing loud snoring from keeping the patient and loved ones up at night
- Professional follow-up care to ensure the treatment is effective
The first step is to identify the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea.
Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea
Like other health conditions, there are signs that a person may have sleep apnea. Patients who exhibit these signs should contact us and seek professional medical care before they worsen. Perhaps the most common symptom is snoring.
This symptom occurs when air struggles to enter the mouth or nose, making a vibrating noise against the tissue. Other symptoms of sleep apnea can include difficulty staying asleep at night or difficulty staying awake during the day.
There are a few ways in which a person may develop sleep apnea. One of the most common occurs when a person gains excessive weight and struggles with obesity. Obese individuals often have constricted airways while they sleep due to the throat and tongue muscles blocking the airway. Other possible causes include:
- Swollen or abnormally large tonsils
- A large overbite
- A narrow throat
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Consequences of sleep apnea
One of the most obvious consequences of sleep apnea is extreme fatigue during the day. People who do not get enough sleep can struggle with a variety of health challenges. High blood pressure and issues with the heart may also develop due to a decrease in blood oxygen levels. This decrease can lead to high blood pressure and the increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
Patients who suffer from this issue may also be more likely to become diabetic or develop liver conditions. Along with physical changes, a patient with sleep apnea will find it difficult to focus on daily tasks. They may also struggle to stay awake during the day or while driving.
There is potential relief for people who cannot breathe properly at night and struggle with sleep apnea. Dr. Joseph Portale, DMD, MAGD may prescribe a CPAP ventilator, which the patient will wear while they sleep. This device sends a continuous flow of oxygen to the patient through a mask and tube. It is designed to regulate normal breathing. If this machine is not effective, there are alternatives.
The patient may wear a mouth appliance to hold the tongue in place. This treatment is known as oral appliance therapy. The medical practitioners at our wellness center will suggest the right method based on the patient’s needs and customize treatment. During treatment, our team will take an active interest in the patient’s well-being and progress.
Some people feel claustrophobic when wearing a CPAP mask. The device may also irritate the skin or not fit properly. We will follow up regularly with the patient to make sure the treatment is effective and helping to relieve the symptoms of this breathing condition.
When it is time for an appointment
Occasional snoring should not be a major concern. Patients may snore because of seasonal allergies or a cold. A simple position change could also make a difference. However, patients who snore every night or who do so continually while sleeping should consult us at our sleep clinic.
Patients who constantly feel tired should explore the reasons for these difficulties by talking to our team.
Call us today
Snoring at night can disrupt your sleep and the sleep of your bed partner. Interruptions in breathing may also lead to more problematic issues. If breathing disorders are hindering your attempts to sleep, call us at (201) 402-4161 and schedule a time to visit Bergen Health & Wellness today.
There is no reason to postpone this any longer. With our sleep apnea treatment, you will be able to enjoy a good night’s sleep again.
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