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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!

By Steven Syrop, DDS
September 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Headaches  

A headache can really put a damper on your day—especially when it happens frequently at work or school. If this is a continuing problem headachefor you, you may have to seek help from a professional. There are several ways that Dr. Steven Syrop can treat headaches, including chronic migraines, at his Manhattan, NY office.

Top Causes of Headaches
Headaches are associated with a long list of medical ailments, but they can also happen due to issues in your environment. Here are some of the most common potential causes:

- Stress and anxiety.
- Migraines, which are related to vascular and nerve issues.
- Hangovers after drinking alcohol.
- Lack of sleep or a sleep disorder.
- Low blood sugar or poor diet.
- High blood pressure.
- Congestion due to allergies or sinusitis.

Headache Treatments
Dr. Syrop can help treat your head pain at his Manhattan office. The treatment depends on the cause and type of headache you’re experiencing (primary or secondary). A secondary headache is caused by another health issue. Here are some common remedies:

- NSAID medications.
- Heat therapy to gently ease away pain.
- Physical therapy and massage.
- A diet consultation to find out what may be triggering headaches.
- Treatment of the primary source of the headache (for instance, a sleep apnea device to ensure you get a good night’s rest).

Headache Management
In addition to treatments, there are also ways that you can manage headaches to minimize pain. Consider these tips and discuss headache prevention methods with your doctor:

- Be more aware of stressful situations that may precede headaches. For instance, worrying about a big assignment at work.
- Avoid consuming too much alcohol at night, as this can cause morning headaches.
- Keep a journal of the food you eat each day and highlight times when you have headache pain.

Headache Help
It’s not normal to have to deal with chronic headaches and migraines—let Dr. Syrop help. Call 212-969-9166 to schedule a visit to his office in Manhattan, NY.

By Steven Syrop, DDS
August 21, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: TMJ   TMD   Jaw Pain  

What You Should Know About Treatment For Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) 

 

A Very Good Article to Read

Dr. Charles Greene is one of my colleagues; he is a leading authority on Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders. He is currently a clinical professor at the University of Illinois and has authored over 130 publications. He is the author of the Guidelines for treatment of TM Disorders accepted and published by the American Dental Association.

This article is a summary written for the general public.By Dr. Charles S. Greene

You have probably heard the terms “TMJ” or “TMD” used in various conversations or even in the media. TMJ is an abbreviation for Temporomandibular Joint, which is the formal name for your jaw joint(s). TMD stands for Temporomandibular Disorders, which is a collective term for the muscle and/or joint symptoms that commonly arise when there is TMJ pain and dysfunction. The dental profession is in the midst of a transition regarding TMD treatment. This has stirred up a controversy within the profession over how best to relieve TMJ pain. On one side you have those subscribing to the newer methods of conservative, less invasive approaches; on the other side you have those who are sticking with more traditional and often irreversible treatments. Therefore, what happens to you if you have a TMD problem could depend on whom you consult for diagnosis and treatment. That's why it's so important for you to become an educated consumer regarding this particular type of healthcare.

What follows is a summary of what we know about TMD based on the scientific evidence; what you should do if you have TMJ pain or symptoms; what types of dentists you should look for to treat you appropriately; and what issues you should discuss with the dentist you choose. - See more at: http://www.deardoctor.com/articles/seeking-relief-from-tmd/index.php#sthash.mWmUJlvE.tI4oImoD.dpuf





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