Without proper sleep, functioning at work or school can be difficult. Unfortunately, over ten million Americans are sleep deprived due to a serious disorder known as OSA. At The Silverstrom Group, we provide solutions for sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, answer questions about the symptoms and causes of OSA. Frequently Asked Questions About Obstructive Sleep Apnea Question: What causes OSA? Answer: Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the throat block airflow. As a result, the patient stops breathing and deprives the brain of oxygen. The brain then wakes the patient to start breathing. Many people with OSA endure this cycle hundreds of times each night. Question: How do I know if I have sleep apnea? Answer: Symptoms of sleep apnea include: Chronic snoring, daytime drowsiness, waking up gasping for air or choking, irritability, and an inability to focus at work or school. Question: What health risks are associated with OSA? Answer: Without treatment, patients with obstructive sleep apnea experience an increased risk of depression, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. Question: What treatment does my Livingston NJ general dentists offer for sleep apnea? Answer: In many cases, simple lifestyle changes can reduce sleep apnea symptoms. Patients may need to lose weight, avoid alcohol or caffeine before bed, and maintain a regular sleep cycle. For more severe cases, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom may recommend an oral appliance. Similar to a night guard, this device moves the jaw forward to keep airways open and prevent obstruction. Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists Do you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea? To learn more about the treatment options for OSA, talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today. Dr. David Silverstrom or Dr. Gary Silverstrom will diagnose the cause and severity of your sleep apnea and recommend a minimally invasive treatment option. 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.