Snoring indicates you may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which interrupts the quality of your sleep and can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness, chronic disease, headaches, and more. The team at Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine in Brooklyn in New York City specializes in diagnosing and finding a solution to sleep apnea. Their specialty is using oral appliances that prevent your tongue and soft tissue from collapsing and closing your airway. Find out if this preferred sleep apnea solution is for you by calling the office to arrange a consultation or by using the online booking agent.
Obstructive sleep apnea results when your airway gets blocked during sleep. These blockages occur when the tongue relaxes and falls to the back of the throat, or when soft tissues of the palate and throat relax, creating a narrowed or blocked airway.
When the opening is narrowed, snoring becomes louder when the air causes vibrations as it rubs against the tissue. A blocked airway causes you to awaken momentarily as your body struggles for oxygen. You don’t always remember these wake cycles, but they do interrupt the natural progression of the stages of sleep.
Snoring and bouts of sudden waking as you gasp for breath are definite signs of sleep apnea, but you may not notice these if you sleep alone. Other indications that you may have obstructive sleep apnea include:
Sleep apnea is sometimes treated with a machine called CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure. You wear a mask with tubing that’s attached to the machine as it blows air into your throat to keep your airway open while you sleep. It can be an effective treatment, but cumbersome, noisy, and impractical, especially if you travel.
At Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine, an oral appliance is offered as an alternative therapy that’s easier to use, portable, and less invasive than a CPAP machine.
The staff at Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine works with your sleep doctors to determine if you’re a candidate for oral appliance therapy. If you suspect you have obstructive sleep apnea, we can refer you to one of the area’s best sleep medicine physicians for diagnosis and to see if a custom appliance is right for you.
A common recommendation is the TAP III, which has been called the Rolls-Royce of oral appliances. It’s highly durable, customized, and even modifiable if you end up getting dental work at a later time.