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By Steven Syrop, DDS
September 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Oral Appliance for Sleep ApneaIf you have issues while you sleep such as snoring and sleep apnea, you may benefit from an oral appliance prescribed by your dentist. However, you may not even know you have these issues in the first place. Luckily, your dentist can help you understand your sleep problems, get to the bottom of their causes, and find the relief you want with an oral appliance. Find out more about oral appliances and how they can benefit you with Dr. Steven Syrop at locations in Westchester and Manhattan, NY.

What is an oral appliance?

An oral appliance is worn in the mouth during sleep and slightly shifts the jaw forward. These appliances treat snoring and sleep apnea. Oral appliances fit into the mouth much like an orthodontic retainer or a mouthguard you wear while playing sports or to prevent teeth grinding. Oral appliances are often used in combination with other treatments like CPAP machines.

How does an oral appliance work? 
The oral appliance fits into the mouth to reposition the jaw and pull the tongue off of the back of the throat. This helps to keep the airway open while sleeping, preventing issues like snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. Some oral appliances reposition the jaw and pull it forward to prevent airway collapses while other appliances hold the tongue in place to prevent it from falling back to block the airway.

Oral Appliances in Westchester and Manhattan, NY
If you snore or suffer from sleep apnea, you may benefit from wearing an oral appliance while you sleep. A consultation with your dentist can help you determine if an oral appliance is the right form of treatment for you.

For more information on sleep issues or treating them with oral appliances, please contact Dr. Steven Syrop at locations in Westchester and Manhattan, NY. Call (212) 969-9166 to schedule your appointment at the Manhattan or Westchester locations today!

By Steven Syrop, DDS
July 11, 2018
Category: Dental Blog
Tags: Headaches  

HeadacheHeadaches are one of the most common types of pain experienced by adults. Most people will experience an occasional headache during their lives, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers and rest. Some people suffer from frequent or severe headaches, which can interfere with daily activities, such as work or school. Such headaches can require medical or dental treatment as over-the-counter remedies are not necessarily sufficient. Dr. Steven Syrop provides treatment for different types of headaches in Manhattan and Briarcliff Manor.

Types and Causes of Headaches

There are many different types of headaches, as well as various causes of headaches. Types of headaches include migraines, tension, sinus, and cluster, among others. Headaches can be caused by medical or dental conditions, such as temporomandibular disorder (TMJ disorder), illness, sinus congestion, stress, lack of sleep, medications, and even certain foods. Various methods are available for treating headaches based on the type and cause. In Manhattan and Briarcliff Manor, headaches can be successfully treated by a dentist specializing in headaches and facial pain.

Migraine Headaches

One particularly painful type of headache is a migraine. Migraines are often associated with an intense throbbing feeling on one side of the head. Nausea, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light or sound can also accompany migraine headaches. Potential causes of migraines include stress, lack of sleep, strong odors, skipping meals, low blood sugar, head trauma, hormonal changes, and even severe weather changes. Migraines can be treated with medications, muscle relaxation therapy, acupuncture, stress management, dietary changes, and rest.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are one of the most common types of headaches among teens and adults and are more common in women than men. Tension headaches can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as stress, fatigue, lack of rest, anxiety, depression, and hunger. Tension headaches can be treated through several methods. In some cases, when the cause of the tension headache is addressed, such as lack of rest, the headache resolves itself. Certain medications, rest, stress management techniques, and avoiding triggers can also help.

If you are suffering from headaches, treatment is available. A dentist specializing in headaches and facial pain can evaluate your type of headache and recommend an appropriate treatment. For treatment of headaches in Manhattan and Briarcliff Manor, New York, schedule an appointment with Dr. Syrop by calling the office at (212) 969-9166.

By Steven Syrop, DDS
May 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sleep ApneaWhen is snoring more than a nuisance? When snoring is really sleep apnea, it impacts your systemic health in a big way. Sleep apnea sufferers stop breathing multiple times a night, depriving their brains of oxygen and restful sleep. If you snore, discuss it with your primary care physician. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your Manhattan and Westchester, New York dentist, Dr. Steven Syrop can help. He helps people with common Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) through oral appliance therapy.

How OSA happens

The National Sleep Foundation maintains that Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a common sleep disorder affecting 18 million Americans of all ages and walks of life. Sleep apnea is characterized by extremely loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, concentration problems, depression, and dangerous oxygen deprivation.

OSA is more common in men in their middle years who have large neck circumferences. Research shows excessive alcohol intake contributes to sleep apnea.

Here's what happens when someone with OSA snores. The tongue and other soft tissues at the back of the throat relax, collapse, and cover the airway. The individual snores because the tissue moves and vibrates, and he or she startles awake, however briefly. The person literally cannot breathe and so awakens multiple times a night without even knowing it.

Diagnosing and treating sleep apnea

Often a primary care physician refers an individual to a sleep physician who specializes in OSA and can pinpoint it through in-office or at-home sleep studies. The doctor may prescribe a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine which delivers a stream of air through a facial mask worn at night. This steadily-delivered air opens the back of the throat and keeps it open.

For milder forms of sleep apnea, or for those who can't tolerate CPAP treatment, oral appliance therapy can help. And that's where Dr. Steven Syrop and his team come in. An expert in jaw joint pain, facial pain, and sleep disorders as they relate to the oral cavity, Dr. Syrop helps people with customized appliances made of comfortable and biocompatible acrylic.

These oral appliances move the lower jaw into a more forward position and open the airway. Worn all night, patients sleep peacefully, and those who use CPAP machines may be less dependent on them. Additionally, the individual's household sleeps better, too, noticing a wonderful reduction in loud and frequent snoring.

Don't wait

Sleep apnea and snoring is no joke. If you or your loved ones notice the noise, disrupted sleep and disturbing health effects of sleep apnea, talk to your doctor. Then, contact Dr. Syrop and his team in Manhattan and Westchester, New York, for a consultation. Sleep better and live well. Call today: (212) 969-9166.

By Steven Syrop, DDS
January 09, 2018
Tags: botox  

Find out how Botox could soothe your stubborn TMJ-related symptoms.botox

Did you know that the same treatment that’s been known to smooth away those pesky crow’s feet and laugh lines could also be beneficial for those suffering from TMJ disorder? If you are someone who deals with severe or persistent jaw pain and stiffness due to this jaw joint condition then our Manhattan, NY, dentist, Dr. Steven Syrop, is here to tell you how Botox could provide you with the relief you’ve been looking for.

What is Botox?

Most people know that Botox is a series of small needles that contain a medical-grade form of a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin. These needles are injected into muscles in the face to temporarily paralyze them and to stop them from contracting, which smooths away mild-to-severe lines and wrinkles.

How can Botox treat TMJ disorder?

Of course, Botox isn’t just for cosmetic purposes. In fact, medical professionals have discovered that this amazing injectable can actually treat everything from migraines to urinary incontinence. And if you are someone who frequently deals with jaw pain, soreness and discomfort due to TMJ disorder then you could suddenly find comfort in Botox.

As you may already be able to guess, Botox is injected into some of the muscles around the jaws to stop them from contracting and to prevent them from being overworked. By targeting some of the jaw muscles our goal is to be able to reduce the amount of pain you experience as a result of your jaw disorder. Our Manhattan general dentist can administer Botox in just a couple of minutes and the needles are so small that they are easily tolerated with very little discomfort.

Who should consider getting Botox for their TMJ disorder?

If you are experiencing symptoms regularly or if your pain is severe then it might be time to consider the benefits of getting Botox treatment in Manhattan. You may also want to consider this option if you’ve tried at-home remedies but haven’t been able to get your symptoms under control.

There may be some slight soreness or bruising in the area after Botox, but these side effects are minor and will go away in a couple of days.

Do you have questions about Botox treatment? Are you sick and tired of your TMJ pain and want to find out if Botox is right for you? Then it’s time you called our Manhattan, NY, dental office to schedule a consultation with us.

It is important to find the best treatment for your sleep apnea to keep your condition under control and get the good night’s sleep you sleep apneadeserve. But what is the best treatment for your condition? In many cases of sleep apnea, an oral appliance can help control your symptoms of sleep apnea. Find out more about oral appliance treatments with Dr. Steven Syrop with offices in Manhattan and Briarcliff Manor, NY.

Do I have sleep apnea? 
Sleep apnea causes pauses in the breathing during sleep, called apneas. This condition, if left untreated, can cause serious complications or even death. Most cases of sleep apnea are obtrusive sleep apnea, or OSA. This occurs when something blocks the airway, often the back of the tongue. Central sleep apnea, or CSA, occurs when the brain fails to send signals to breathe to the lungs, causing apneas. Mixed sleep apnea occurs when both OSA and CSA are present. You may have sleep apnea if you experience excessive snoring, find yourself waking suddenly while gasping or choking, or have insomnia or excessive daytime sleepiness.

How does an oral appliance treatment work? 
One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machine. The machine goes over the nose and mouth while the patient sleeps and sends a gentle stream of air through the airway to keep it from collapsing. However, there are other, less invasive options. An oral appliance fits into your mouth and is custom made to ensure the most comfortable fit. The appliance pulls the bottom jaw forward. This relieves the obstruction of the airway by pulling the back of the tongue off of it.

Oral Appliance Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Manhattan and Briarcliff Manor
If you think you could benefit from an oral appliance for sleep apnea, your dentist can help you determine if this is the best treatment for you. For more information on oral appliances for sleep apnea treatment, please contact Dr. Syrop with offices in Manhattan and Briarcliff Manor, NY. Call (212) 969-9166 to schedule your appointment at either New York location today!





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