Northstar Dental Care Fights Sleep Apnea In Dental Patients With Specialized Treatments
Family Dental Practice Treats Sleep Apnea in Patients With A Variety of Personalized Care Options, Protecting Them From Future Complications
Northstar Dental Care has been working hard to help treat patients with sleep apnea since the practice’s founding in 2013. The sleep disorder affects over 22 million Americans and is hallmarked by stopping and starting of breath, commonly known as a snore, caused by diminishing oxygen in the body.
There are three types of sleep apnea, with the main type being Obstructive Sleep
Apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when muscles controlling the back of the throat and soft palate relax during sleep. As these muscles relax, your airway closes, and the oxygen levels in your blood decrease. Your brain senses this and wakes you from sleep enough to breathe in – often without you remembering it.
When left untreated, sleep apnea could lead to severe symptoms such as hypersomnia (constant daytime sleepiness), irritability, high blood pressure, memory impairment, and cardiovascular issues. These symptoms can occur in anyone – but most often affect older adults, smokers, and those with a family history of the disease, amongst other factors.
“Patients cannot function without sleep, everyone’s bodies need to recharge after a day of activity and being awake,” said Dr. Marwan Bassil, the primary dentist at Northstar Dental Care. “Sleep apnea causes patients to consistently hover outside of the range of restful sleep – always waking up during the night to breathe. Treating sleep apnea before it becomes serious helps the patient avoid serious, long-term complications.”
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Luckily, sleep apnea is treatable. The most common treatment recommendation is the use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine; which uses a breathing mask to force air into the lungs during sleep. However, Northstar Dental Care also specializes in an alternative treatment involving a custom-fitted dental appliance that, when placed in the mouth, aligns the jaws and allows for the safe passage of air into the lungs. Surgery is also able to be performed in severe cases.
“The personalized nature of our care really improves our patients’ quality of life,” continued Dr. Bassil, “We are always striving to provide as many options for treatment as possible, so that we can help provide restful sleep in the best way for each individual patient.”
For more information about Northstar Dental Care’s sleep apnea treatment options, please visit https://www.mynazarethdentist.com.
About Northstar Dental Care:
Northstar Dental Care, located in Nazareth, PA, is a dental practice led by Dr. Marwan Bassil. Founded in 2013, this office specializes in family and cosmetic dentistry, as well as specialized dental procedures and therapy treatments. Northstar Dental Care prides itself on operating as a mercury-free facility. Dr. Bassil and his staff are dedicated to providing you with a pleasant visit and results that you’re proud to show off. For more information, please visit https://www.mynazarethdentist.com/ or connect with North Star Dental Care on Facebook.
About Dr. Marwan Bassil:
Dr. Marwan Bassil, DMD, has been practicing dentistry in New Jersey since 1998. He received his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ in Newark, New Jersey. He completed his Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in southern New Jersey. Dr. Bassil is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), American Dental Association (ADA), Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA), New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA), and The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). He is a founding dentist at both Bridgewater Family Dental and Northstar Dental Care and is certified in implantology, full-mouth reconstruction, and INVISALIGN (Clear braces).