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By Steven Syrop, DDS
May 08, 2019
Category: Headaches
Tags: Headaches  

Is stress causing your headaches, or is it something else? All you know is that you're in pain and want relief. Steven Syrop DDS is your headachesFacial Pain/Headache specialist in Manhattan and Westchester, NY, and he can uncover the reasons for your oral and facial pain and help you find relief!
 
Headache types
In general, there are three kinds of headaches suffered by children and adults alike: sinus headaches, migraines, and tension headaches. Also, many people—about 10 million in the US according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research—have TMJ/TMD. This jaw joint disorder is famous for dental, facial, and headache pain.
At Dr. Syrop's office, the professional staff sees numerous people who cannot get to the root of their headaches. Perhaps they have seen doctor after doctor and tried medication after medication to no avail. When they come to see Dr. Syrop, they experience the listening ear, compassion, and skill they need to feel better and get back to their lives.
 
How to find relief
When you see Dr. Syrop, be sure to describe your headache symptoms as fully as possible, including details on their location, intensity, and any possible triggers that cause them. This Manhattan and Westchester headaches specialist will examine your jaw muscles and jaw joint, explore how your jaw operates, and order imaging as needed.
Following the consultation, Dr. Syrop will comprise a care plan to prevent your headache symptoms and to treat them if they do occur. Depending on your particular issue, your plan may include:

  • Relaxation and stress-reduction techniques
  • BOTOX injections to limit the movement of muscles controlling jaw movement
  • Over-the-counter analgesics such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Prescription muscle relaxants and other medications.
  • Oral appliance therapy (acrylic devices customized to reduce teeth clenching and TMJ/TMD)
  • Jaw stretching exercises and other physical therapies
  • Keeping a diary of symptoms and triggers (lack of sleep, too much or too little caffeine, physical activity)
  • Getting aerobic exercise (e.g. walking or swimming) at least twice a week

Live the life you want
You don't have to let persistent headache pain rule over your daily activities. Dr. Steven Syrop and his team help scores of people just like you feel good and function at their best! For a headache consultation, please contact one of our offices in either Manhattan or Briarcliff Manor at (212) 969-9166.

By Steven Syrop, DDS
December 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: TMJ   botox  

Botox is one of today's most popular aesthetic treatments, commonly used to reduce the fine lines and wrinkles associated with aging. But,botox did you know that this injectable medication has dental and medical applications, too? Dr. Steven Syrop uses Botox in his Manhattan and Westchester dental practices to help relieve the pain and discomfort of headaches, jaw joint issues, and teeth clenching. Learn more about this innovative, safe, and effective medication by reading below!

What is Botox?

Botox is a super-purified form of a protein which blocks the neurotransmitters responsible for muscle movements in the face and jaw. Frequently used by dermatologists to limit the contraction of selected facial muscles and reduce wrinkles associated with aging, Botox injections have become increasingly popular since the Food and Drug Administration approved their use in the 1990s.

Administered with a fine needle, the Botox medication lasts for a few months, has no appreciable side effects (other than some localized tenderness and swelling) and causes no lengthy downtime. Dr. Syrop qualifies his patients for Botox use in his Manhattan and Westchester offices and has great success in controlling dental-related orofacial pain and dysfunction.

Help through Botox

Dental professionals across the country are advocating for wider use of Botox injectables to help patients with bruxism (teeth clenching), TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), headaches, and more. Often, it is an effective adjunct to more familiar treatments such as mouth guards and physical therapy.

If Dr. Syrop determines that Botox could help you with one of the aforementioned conditions, expect a comfortable series of injections administered with a very fine needle. Patients describe a pinprick sensation and some tenderness afterwards.

Though simple to administer, the therapeutic effects of Botox can be tremendous, relaxing extra-tense muscles and relieving stubborn pain. The in-office treatment is brief, and you know it's safe because Dr. Syrop reviews your medical history beforehand. Treatment lasts several months and may be repeated as needed.

Relief at last
Learn more about the therapeutic uses of Botox injectables. Call Dr. Syrop's dedicated staff at (212) 969-9166 for a consultation, and get your questions answered fully!

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.





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