Do you find yourself experiencing a persistent snore or suffering from daytime drowsiness? If so, you may be one of the over ten million Americans who suffer from the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. This widespread and serious sleep disorder prevents people from receiving the rest they need to function properly at work or school. Fortunately, at The Silvertsrom Group, we offer treatment for sleep apnea symptoms. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentist, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, answer frequently asked questions about OSA. Sleep Apnea Frequently Asked Questions Question: What is sleep apnea? Answer: OSA occurs when soft tissue in the back of the throat block airflow during sleep. When this happens, the patient stops breathing and deprives the brain of oxygen. As a result, the brain wakes the patient to start breathing again. For patients with severe sleep apnea, this process may happen hundreds of times each night. Question: What are the common symptoms of sleep apnea? Answer: Patients with sleep apnea report snoring, frequent drowsiness, depression, irritability, inability to focus at work or school, and often wake up gasping for air or choking. Question: Does sleep apnea pose any health complications? Answer: Yes. Without treatment, sleep apnea increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Question: What treatment does The Silverstrom Group offer for sleep apnea? Answer: In many cases, Your Livingston NJ dentists may recommend an oral appliance. This intraoral device moves the jaw forward, preventing soft tissue from blocking airflow. Patients can breathe easier and sleep soundly. Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ Dentists If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, then schedule a consultation with your Livingston NJ dentists today. Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom provide the latest treatment to address common sleep disorders such as OSA. Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom offer our patients the latest in general, cosmetic, and restorative treatment. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.