Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment in South New Jersey
Easy, comfortable and effective treatment for Sleep Apnea sufferers
Sleep Apnea is the condition of multiple pauses in breathing for 10 plus seconds at a time during sleep. Symptoms include heavy snoring and tiredness during the day.
Traditionally sleep apnea has been treated by the use of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), a machine that streams air into the nose or nose and mouth via a mask. While effective, 50% of patients find they can’t tolerate CPAP treatment.
As a proven and reliable alternative for mild to moderate sleep apnea, The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends Oral Appliance Therapy, the use of mouth guard-like devices prescribed only by dentists.
Dr. John Nosti is trained and experienced in Sleep Apnea treatment using Oral Appliance Therapy and can help you either establish if you have sleep apnea, or assess if Oral Appliance Therapy treatment will help your previously diagnosed sleep apnea condition.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Most people are suffering from the most common form of Sleep Apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. Sleep Apnea is a potentially life-threatening medical disorder that causes your body to stop breathing during sleep. In OSA, the muscles in your throat relax and your tongue falls back and blocks the airway, reducing the amount of oxygen delivered to your organs, including your heart and brain.
People with sleep apnea usually snore loudly. They stop breathing for short periods of time, 10 seconds or more each pause. The breathing pauses during sleep cause your body to briefly wake up while you remain unaware. This can happen hundreds of times in a night, causing you to wake up feeling less than refreshed and to feel tired during the day.
Who suffers from Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea patients are often older, obese and have thick necks, although men and women of any age or body type can have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea worsens with age and weight gain.
Complimentary Sleep Apnea Consultation
- Exam and consultation with Dr. Nosti
- Learn about the dangers of Sleep Apnea
- Get all your questions answered
- Written treatment plan
To find out more about Sleep Apnea, make an appointment request to visit Dr. Nosti for a free Sleep Apnea Consultation today.To make an appointment, call 609.318.6386 (Mays Landing), 609.318.6405 (Somers Point) or click here to request an appointment online.
Already diagnosed with Sleep Apnea?
Visit Dr. Nosti for a consultation to discuss if Oral Appliance Therapy could be a viable alternative for you.
Want to get tested for Sleep Apnea?
If you suspect you might be suffering from sleep apnea, Dr. Nosti can conduct various tests to see if you potentially have a sleep apnea condition. The first test is an at-home test, using a pulse oximeter, a device that measures the heat rate and oxygen levels during sleep. With this device, Dr. Nosti can establish the probable presence of sleep apnea, measuring the fluctuations in oxygen saturation and heart rate to gauge sleep apnea occurrences and severity.
If the tests show a high probability of sleep apnea, Dr. Nosti can arrange for your to get a diagnosis from a physician specializing in sleep medicine.To make an appointment, call 609.318.6386 (Mays Landing), 609.318.6405 (Somers Point) or click here to request an appointment online.
Online Sleep Apnea Tests
Take these simple tests to see if you are at risk from sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Typical symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Memory loss
- Impaired concentration
- Decreased sex drive
Severe health problems linked to sleep apnea
Due to the continuous interruption of normal breathing, many possible complications can come about due to oxygen deprivation to vital organs and an impairment of normal hormonal function.
- High blood pressure.
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Weight gain
Daytime drowsiness can cause sudden sleepiness. Nearly 1 in 5 car accidents causing serious injury are associated with excessive daytime sleepiness.
Oral Appliance Therapy
A patient diagnosed with sleep apnea can receive Oral Appliance Therapy. Dr. Nosti custom designs an appliance similar to a night guard. This appliance comfortably keeps the airways open during sleep. The oral appliance positions the lower jaw so that it is slightly forward and slightly down, which keeps the airway open. You can test it yourself by making a snoring sound and moving your jaw forward. You will see the sound stops.
How effective is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Studies show compliance rates for Oral Appliance Therapy of 77% to 95%. Effectiveness is very high in non-severe sufferers of sleep apnea and of moderate effectiveness in severe sufferers of sleep apnea.
Snoring is the sound of obstructed airways during sleep. When the soft tissues at the back of the throat fall back against the back of the throat they vibrate and cause the sound of snoring.
Most of the time snoring is not health-threatening, but a small percentage, about 5%-10%, have sleep apnea. Take one of our online tests to see if your snoring could be something more severe.
Snoring can be easily treated using an oral appliance, a mouthguard-like device worn at night to keep the airways open. Dr. Nosti custom fits you with your oral appliance, you pop it in at night, and no more snoring!To make an appointment, call 609.318.6386 (Mays Landing), 609.318.6405 (Somers Point) or click here to request an appointment online.