Sleep Apnea

NYC Cosmetic Dentists Serving Manhattan and New York, NY

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Sleep apnea makes it impossible to get the restful, restorative sleep your body and mind needs. Treatment at NYC Smile Design can alleviate sleep apnea episodes. Dr. Elisa Mello and Dr. Ramin Tabib work collaboratively to develop the treatment plan that will be most effective for your sleep apnea.

To schedule an appointment for Manhattan sleep apnea treatment, please call our office at (212) 574-4660.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder sometimes treatable with general dentistry technology. You stop breathing in an apnea episode, which may last a few seconds to possibly 30 seconds or longer. Sleep apnea occurs because the airway is not open all of the way. Oftentimes the airway blockage is caused when the muscles of the throat relax, causing a partial or complete obstruction.

Although you must be diagnosed by a doctor to know if you have sleep apnea, some of the most common symptoms of the disorder are:

  • Frequent headaches, often occurring upon waking
  • Extreme fatigue and drowsiness
  • Problems with concentration
  • Problems with memory
  • Irritability and moodiness

Most people with sleep apnea do not realize they have it. Oftentimes it's a partner, spouse or housemate who notices you are gasping or choking in your sleep. Many people with sleep apnea snore, although not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Treatment at NYC Smile Design

When untreated for years, sleep apnea has the potential to increase your risk for very serious health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Stroke

Sleep apnea can be diagnosed only by a qualified MD. Though our dentists do not diagnose the condition, we can provide you with a take-home sleep test, which is then evaluated by a qualified doctor.

Our dentists may use a sleep appliance to treat your sleep apnea. You wear this customized appliance over your teeth at night. The device maintains an open airway by positioning the lower jaw and tongue forward, so that they do not obstruct the airway.

Another treatment approach is to expand the dental arches with orthodontics (braces or Invisalign®). Doing so creates more room for the tongue, so that it does not relax into the airway, and positions the jaw forward for better airway flow.

If you are searching for an experienced New York City and Manhattan sleep apnea dentist, please call NYC Smile Design at (212) 574-4660 to schedule an appointment with one of our caring, skilled dentists.