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Sleep Apnea Specialist

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Central Avenue Dental

Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry located in Valley Stream, NY & Tribeca, New York, NY

Researchers estimate that more than 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. If you regularly wake up with a dry mouth or headache, sleep apnea may be to blame. At Central Avenue Dental, the expert dentists provide treatment for obstructive sleep apnea using custom oral appliances. To make an appointment at the office in Valley Stream, New York, or the Tribeca area of Manhattan in New York City, call or schedule online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that causes you to stop and start breathing multiple times throughout the night. Not only does this prevent you from getting a restful night’s sleep, but it increases the risk of serious health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

There are several types of sleep apnea, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea. OSA causes the soft tissues at the back of your throat to relax, cutting off your airflow. Central sleep apnea occurs due to a miscommunication between your brain and the muscles that control breathing.

If your significant other regularly complains that you snore or wake up during the night gasping, don’t wait to seek treatment. The sooner you take action, the less likely you'll have complications.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Irritability
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Insomnia

If you have sleep apnea, you may also experience frequent daytime drowsiness or have difficulty paying attention at work or school.

Who is at risk of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea affects people of all genders and ages, but certain factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Being overweight
  • Having a family history of sleep apnea
  • Using alcohol, sedatives, or tranquilizers
  • Smoking
  • Nasal congestion

You are also more likely to experience sleep apnea if you have an underlying medical condition like Parkinson’s disease or asthma. 

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

To determine if you have sleep apnea, make an appointment with your primary care physician. If your doctor determines you have obstructive sleep apnea, following a physical exam and an overnight sleep study, they can refer you to Central Avenue Dental if continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is not an option for you or you prefer to try a dental appliance.

Following a comprehensive oral exam, a discussion of your symptoms, and a review of your dental health history, your Central Avenue Dental provider can develop a care plan that aligns with your needs.

How does a dentist treat obstructive sleep apnea?

Central Avenue Dental treats obstructive sleep apnea using custom oral appliances. Oral appliances push your lower jaw slightly forward, allowing for improved airflow. The easier it is to breathe during sleep, the less likely you are to experience the side effects of obstructive sleep apnea, like snoring or gasping for air.

To ensure your mouthpiece fits perfectly, your provider takes impressions of your teeth and gums and sends them to a dental laboratory. Technicians at the laboratory design and manufacture a custom oral appliance.

If you have obstructive sleep apnea and want to try an oral appliance, make an appointment at Central Avenue Dental by calling the nearest office or scheduling online today.