When it comes to snoring and sleep apnea, both can occur when an airway is obstructed either by the tongue or other structures in the airway itself. Snoring itself can lead to sleep apnea if not treated. Sleep apnea is when the breathing actually stops during sleep. Chronic sleep apnea and snoring have numerous consequences if left untreated. With the help of Dr. Steven Hinchey of Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine, in South Glastonbury, CT, can be successfully treated.
About Sleep Apnea Treatment
Because there is no oxygen going to the brain when one has sleep apnea, both the pulse and blood pressure elevate and the heart can enlarge overtime. Changes in the pancreas, kidneys, and liver can also occur as a result of untreated sleep apnea. Serious health problems can continue if this is left untreated for a period of time.
Dr. Hinchey of Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine can diagnose sleep apnea in South Glastonbury with a sleep study. This will determine the level of sleep apnea that one has as well as the source of the obstruction. Most sleep professionals recommend the use of a CPAP, a continuous positive airway pressure therapy machine, that helps a person who has sleep apnea to breathe easier when they sleep. The machine itself increases air pressure in the throat so it doesn’t collapse when one breathes in.
The CPAP machine itself may cover the nose and mouth, the nose only or have prongs that fit into the nose. Dr. Hinchey of Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine has successfully treated sleep apnea in South Glastonbury, CT, for a variety of patients. His expertise can provide helpful solutions to sleep apnea and relieve symptoms. To learn more information about sleep apnea treatment, schedule a comprehensive appointment at our Connecticut office today by calling 860-633-6518.