Sleep Apnea

Robert Badalov, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Robert Badalov, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentistry located in Tucson, AZ

The inability to breathe clearly at night has many more consequences than loud snoring. In Tucson, Arizona, Robert Badalov, DDS, PLLC, provides treatment for sleep apnea to help you avoid the resulting irritability, tiredness, and potential complications like high blood pressure or diabetes. Whether you’re in search of your first sleep apnea treatment or you feel like you’ve tried everything, call Dr. Badalov for an appointment or book online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that impedes your breathing at night while you sleep. There are three main types of the disorder characterized by the way in which they affect your breathing:

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea results from the physical closure of your airway when your tissues collapse into each other.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea results from improper signals from your brain telling your muscles to breathe.

Complex sleep apnea

Complex sleep apnea happens when your body is so accustomed to inadequate breathing from obstructive sleep apnea that you develop central sleep apnea, even after treatment.

Dr. Badalov specializes in treating obstructive sleep apnea. His treatments for sleep apnea focus on repositioning your throat so it stays open when you sleep.

What are some signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?

No matter which type of sleep apnea you experience, the symptoms are the same. It may take you a while to discover the symptoms and link them to sleep apnea, especially if you live alone and have no way of knowing what your breathing sounds like when you sleep. However, there are also symptoms that affect you during the day. Common indicators of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Struggling to breathe at night
  • Waking up frequently
  • Trouble staying awake during the day
  • Morning headaches
  • Morning dry mouth
  • Irritability

If you notice daytime symptoms, like tiredness or irritability, but aren’t sure what your breathing sounds like when you sleep, you can try recording your breathing at night. Even though snoring is the most well-known symptom of sleep apnea, not every person with the condition snores. The key symptom to listen for is gasping for air or otherwise struggling to breathe.

What are my treatment options for sleep apnea?

You might be familiar with the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. It consists of a mask that you wear over your face at night and a boxy motor that transmits air through a tube and into your airway. This treatment is restrictive and inconvenient for many patients because it is loud, cumbersome, and difficult to take with you during travel.

To treat your obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Badalov prescribes Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP®) devices. These devices look like mouthguards and they’re custom-fit to sit over your teeth while you sleep and push your lower jaw forward to hold your airway open. This allows you to breathe clearly and quietly while you sleep. Plus, the device is small, discreet, and easy to transport.

If you know or suspect you have sleep apnea, don’t hesitate to call Robert Badalov, DDS, PLLC, or reserve an appointment online for expert evaluation and treatment today.