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By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
March 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea   Snoring  

Find out how our dental team can help you get a better night’s rest.

Sleep apnea and snoring are two common problems that can greatly impact the quality of your sleep. Not only this, but obstructive sleep apnea actually causes people to stop breathing throughout the night, which can put them at risk for serious health complications including heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Fortunately, our Glastonbury, CT, dentist, Dr. Steven Hinchey, has helped many patients manage their snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.

Read on to learn more about snoring, sleeping apnea, and how we can help.

Does snoring mean I have sleep apnea?

No, not necessarily; however, the majority of people with sleep apnea also snore. In fact, this symptom alone is usually the reason people seek medical attention. If your snoring is affecting your sleep or the sleep of those in your household it is worth it to have it checked out. After all, it’s possible that your snoring could be caused by sleep apnea.

My snoring isn’t sleep apnea related. Should I still be concerned?

Even if your sleep doctor tells you that your snoring isn’t the result of sleep apnea, you should still be concerned about this nocturnal habit. After all, chances are good that snoring is impacting the quality of your sleep. You may find yourself waking up often throughout the night, due to tossing and turning. If so, our dental team may be able to help you get your snoring under control so you can finally get better-quality sleep.

How can a dentist help me manage sleep apnea symptoms?

The goal of sleep apnea treatment is to prevent obstructions or blockages of the airways, which can cause pauses in breathing throughout the night. The way in which our South Glastonbury, CT, dentist treats sleep apnea is with oral appliance therapy.

We custom make this special dental device, which you will wear in your mouth like you would a mouthguard; however, the appliance is lightweight, comfortable, and only worn while you are asleep. When worn, the device shifts the jaws in a forward position, helping keep the airways open and preventing the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing. Oral appliance therapy can be an ideal option for those suffering from disruptive snoring, as well as those with mild-to-moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea.

Concerned? Give us a call

If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, having a dentist right here in South Glastonbury, CT, that understands how to get your symptoms under control can be a relief. If you are wondering whether oral appliance therapy is right for you, then call Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine today at (860) 633-6518.

By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
October 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea  

Could your snoring be caused by a sleep disorder?

While there are many reasons someone might snore, if you or your partner’s snoring is both regularly occurring loud, then it could be sleep-apneacaused by a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) which causes the airways to become blocked during a night's rest. Read on to learn the warning signs of sleep apnea and how our dentist, Dr. Steven Hinchey in South Glastonbury, CT, can help.


Do I have sleep apnea?

You could be dealing with sleep apnea if you,

  • Snore loudly
  • Experience frequent morning headaches
  • Regularly wake up exhausted
  • Deal with chronic and severe daytime fatigue
  • Fall asleep easily throughout the day
  • Experience brain fog and trouble concentrating
  • Have memory problems
  • Feel irritable or experience mood swings regularly

Usually, it’s a family member or spouse that notices shallow breathing or gasping sounds coming from their partner in the middle of the night. If your bed partner has complained about your snoring or these related issues, then it’s time to call your doctor for an evaluation.


I’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Now what?

If you just found out that you have OSA, you may be surprised to hear that our South Glastonbury, CT, general dentist can treat certain cases of the condition with one simple, convenient, and comfortable solution.

While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most common solution for providing oxygen to a patient and to prevent airway obstructions, our dentist can also provide you with a custom oral appliance to manage your symptoms.

This oral appliance fits over your upper and lower teeth and is designed to shift the lower jaw forward to prevent tissue from collapsing or the tongue from blocking your throat while you sleep. Our dentist can design and fit you with this oral appliance in order to treat mild and moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea.


Concerned about your health? Give us a call

Are you dealing with snoring or sleep apnea in South Glastonbury, CT? If so, it’s time to find out how our dental team can help you. Call Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine today at (860) 633-6518 to schedule a consultation.

By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
January 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Could your sleep disturbances be the result of this common sleep disorder?

sleep apneaWhile a lot of Americans deal with sleep problems at some point during their lifetime, when we talk about sleep apnea we aren’t talking about the normal tossing and turning that can often occur. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious and chronic sleep disorder that causes a person to stop breathing for several seconds throughout the course of a night. From the office of our South Glastonbury, CT, dentist Dr. Steve Hinchey, find out the common symptoms associated with sleep apnea and why this condition needs to be treated.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for air during the night
  • Pauses in breath (a symptom your partner may notice while you are sleeping)
  • Frequent headaches in the morning
  • Waking up exhausted
  • Excessive daytime fatigue
  • Increased irritability
  • Lack of focus and concentration
  • Memory loss

A lot of people with sleep apnea don’t even know they have it; however, if you find yourself nodding off throughout the day and you never wake up feeling refreshed then you could very well be dealing with sleep apnea. This is a good time to see a sleep specialist.

Why does sleep apnea need to be treated?

Anything that negatively impacts your sleep is a serious problem. You need proper sleep for your health and well-being, and if there is a way to get more restorative sleep why wouldn’t you do it?

Plus, untreated sleep apnea has been linked to a variety of serious and chronic health problems. Those with sleep apnea are at an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. By getting sleep apnea under control we can also reduce these health risks.

How can my dentist help me?

When you think about sleep disorders you probably don’t think about seeing a dentist for treatment; however, our South Glastonbury, CT, general dentist could also provide you with the relief you need to get a better night’s rest. Instead of wearing a CPAP facemask every night, which can be cumbersome and uncomfortable, a custom oral appliance that will fit over your upper and lower teeth (similar to a mouthguard) can be made and will prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing or the tongue from obstructing the airways while you sleep. This device alone could help many people that are suffering from mild-to-moderate forms of sleep apnea.

If you or a loved one is dealing with sleep apnea then it’s a great time to schedule a consultation with our South Glastonbury, CT, family dentist to find out if oral appliance therapy is a simple solution for managing your symptoms and helping you sleep better at night.

By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
June 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

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 sleep apneaairway 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.