During sleep, the soft tissue in the back of the mouth and throat may become overly relaxed and collapse, obstructing airflow. The patient stops breathing as a result until the brain registers the lack of oxygen and wakes him/her up to begin breathing.
Despite having no memory of waking up, patients often wake many times in a single night.
How Do I Know If I Need Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Patients may encounter a number of symptoms if they suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, including:
• Chronic snoring
• Waking up choking or possibly gasping for air
• Exhaustion during the day
• Trouble focusing at work or school
Sleep apnea can also have adverse effects on your oral and dental health, causing teeth grinding, dry mouth, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
If you frequently snore or experience any of the common sleep apnea symptoms then we recommend visiting one of our sleep apnea dentists in NYC for a diagnosis. Often, the symptoms can be eased with a few changes to your daily life, such as:
• Losing weight
• Avoiding caffeine or alcohol before bed
• Sleeping on your side
• Maintaining a regular sleep schedule
• Keeping your bedroom dark and cool
Oral Appliance Therapy
OAT involves the use of a custom made mouthpiece which adjusts to achieve the best possible airway in your mouth. We move the jaw forward, move the tongue out of the airway and increase the muscle tone in the dilator muscles of the oral airway. Because of the ability to reposition the jaw open and forward- we are able to predictably eliminate snoring and maintain an open airway throughout the night for most patients. Once you begin to feel the improvement you will take home a testing unit which will monitor your heart rate, snoring, depth of sleep and oxygen levels. We scientifically verify your improvement after the appliance is fully adjusted and repeat this annually, to make the necessary adjustments to the appliance as your needs change.
Oral appliances are the most comfortable treatment option for OSA patients. It is also the least obtrusive to your lifestyle. As your needs change the appliance can be re-adjusted or re-designed in the future.