How do Oral Appliances Help With Sleep Apnea?
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.