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If you, your partner, or someone else you know is waking after a night of sleep feeling completely unrested, there is a chance that they may be suffering from sleep apnea. Fortunately, at Federici Dental, we work closely with both local respiratory pulmonologists and your primary care provider to have your home sleep studies completed. We’re also proud members of both the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and NJ Sleep Society, and are on the cutting-edge of sleep apnea knowledge and treatment.

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Sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway is intermittently blocked during sleep, reducing or completely stopping airflow. One of the core goals of our website is to provide you with all the information you need about sleep apnea, so you can be proactive about recognizing the signs, and checking out the Federici Dental Home Sleep Questionnaire before you visit our office for an appointment.

You’ll find brief overviews about the types of sleep apnea, how we diagnose sleep apnea and treatment below.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three primary types of sleep apnea that can be caused by a person's physical structure or medical conditions.

1. Central Sleep Apnea

One type of sleep apnea is called central sleep apnea (CSA) and it happens when you stop breathing because the muscles involved in the act of breathing don’t receive the proper signal from the brain. Causes of CSA can be brain stem injuries/concussions, congestive heart failure, Opioid usage, and CNS diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

2. Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The most common form of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and occurs due to a physical blockage, usually the collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat. Loud snorers may have a serious case of blocked air passages, known as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). In these cases, the blockage of air is so great that no air can get through, causing repeated awakenings throughout the night.

3. Mixed Sleep Apnea

Mixed/complex sleep apnea is a combination of CSA and OSA.

For even more information, visit our Types of Sleep Apnea page.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

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Obstructive sleep apnea can contribute or lead to many other conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and depression, so it is important to be diagnosed by a medical professional if you experience any sleep-related symptoms. The Federici Dental team has unmatched experience in assisting with diagnosing sleep disorders and sleep apnea. While each individual case is different, the first step in diagnosing sleep apnea is with a sleep study.

Our office works with both respiratory pulmonologists directly or through a written prescription by your primary care physician with Meridien Hackensack SOCH to provide home or in-lab sleep studies.

Once the study is completed and both the respiratory pulmonologist/primary physician and our office receive a copy of the results, we will both coordinate the best treatment for you. Today the two standards of treatment for sleep apnea are CPAP (Controlled Positive Airway Pressure) or OAT (Oral Appliance Therapy) .

Insurance Coverage For Sleep Apnea

Your respiratory pulmonologist or your primary care physician referred hospital dispensed study will be covered again, by your Medical insurance not your Dental since it is a medical condition.

Treatment For Sleep Apnea

Treatments for sleep apnea vary widely depending on the severity and type of sleep apnea a person suffers from. Suggested treatments can include:

  • Losing Weight
  • Quitting smoking / drinking
  • Eating healthy and controlling blood pressure
  • Sleeping on your side
  • Oral devices
  • Surgery in extreme cases
  • CPAP (breathing machines)

For more information about all of our treatment options for sleep apnea, visit our Sleep Apnea Treatment page.

Contact Federici Dental Today!

Don’t wait to start getting a great night’s sleep. Contact our Manahawkin office today at (609) 597-1234 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dave, and discover the benefits of having local, personalized sleep apnea care. We also encourage you to browse through our website, as it has a lot of information to help you learn more about sleep apnea. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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