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Sleep Apnea

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Madison Avenue Dentists, PC

Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Stella Oh, DDS, and Ash Estafan, DDS, understand how frustrating it is to miss out on quality sleep every night, which is why they offer several sleep apnea treatments for their patients in Midtown Manhattan, New York. Sleep apnea affects your ability to breathe consistently throughout the night. To learn more about treating this debilitating condition, call Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, or book an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which the breathing cycle is interrupted several times — even hundreds of times — throughout the night. Often characterized by loud snoring, sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous condition that raises your risk of stroke, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea. It occurs when your throat muscles relax, causing the soft tissues in the back of your throat to collapse and obstruct your airways.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea happens when your brain doesn’t send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

Complex sleep apnea

Complex sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when you have both OSA and central sleep apnea.

What causes sleep apnea?

Anybody can develop sleep apnea, even children, but the most common causes include:

  • Excess weight or obesity
  • Small jaw
  • Large overbite
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Nasal congestion
  • A narrowed airway
  • Large neck circumference
  • Being male

You can also develop central sleep apnea if you have a history of congestive heart failure or stroke.

Are there sleep apnea symptoms?

Many people don’t realize they have sleep apnea until their partner calls attention to their loud snoring. However, there are many sleep apnea symptoms to watch out for, including:

  • Very loud snoring
  • Chortling or gasping for air during sleep
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure

When left untreated, sleep apnea can even lead to cardiovascular problems, depression, anxiety, diabetes, or bruxism (teeth grinding).

How is sleep apnea treated?

The Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, team offers several sleep apnea treatments at their office, such as:

Oral appliances

Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, offers state-of-the-art SomnoMed® and EMA® oral appliances for sleep apnea. These custom-fit removable appliances fit like a mouthguard and open your bite to allow for smoother airflow while you sleep.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine 

A CPAP machine is the most reliable and effective treatment for sleep apnea. This machine is connected to a mask that delivers continuous airflow while you sleep, ensuring your airways remain open during the night. While effective, the CPAP machine can be uncomfortable to wear.

If you think you have sleep apnea, call the expert team at Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, or schedule an appointment online.