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Botox is one of today's most popular aesthetic treatments, commonly used to reduce the fine lines and wrinkles associated with aging. But, 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!
If 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!
When 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.
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.
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 deserve. 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!
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 for 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.
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).
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.
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.