Sleep Apnea

Tribeca Dental Studio

Cosmetic Dentistry & Pediatric Dentistry located in Tribeca, New York City, NY

Around 22 million Americans live with sleep apnea, a potentially serious condition in which you stop breathing while you sleep. Sleep apnea can cause a variety of health issues from fatigue to heart problems. One of the most common signs of sleep apnea is loud snoring. If you suffer from sleep apnea, get help from the dentists at Tribeca Dental Studio in New York City. Oral appliances and orthodontic treatment can eliminate sleep apnea to give you healthier, more restful sleep. Call or click to make your first appointment today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when you stop breathing for periods of time while you sleep. Sleep apnea can be caused by physical obstruction known as obstructive sleep apnea, or a nervous system condition called central sleep apnea.

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your throat muscles relax while you sleep and block your airway. A narrow upper arch or the shape of your jaw and bite can make you more likely to experience sleep apnea.

If you have central sleep apnea, your brain and muscles don’t communicate as they should and you stop breathing periodically. Some people suffer from complex sleep apnea, a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea.

Am I at risk for sleep apnea?

Anyone at any age can have sleep apnea, but some people are at higher risk. Common risk factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • Having a thick neck
  • Being male
  • Being over 40
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Smoking
  • Nasal congestion

Sleep apnea shows up in men more often than it does in women. Another major risk factor for sleep apnea is a narrow airway, either due to having a thick neck or congestion blocking your air passages.

How is sleep apnea treated?

If you think you might have sleep apnea, Tribeca Dental Studio can help. The dentist can fit you with an oral appliance that can temporarily relieve sleep apnea symptoms. For patients with obstructive sleep apnea, wearing an appliance while you sleep adjusts your jaw to help your airway remain open.

Orthodontic treatment offers a more permanent solution for sleep apnea. If your sleep apnea is caused by a narrow upper arch, orthodontics move your teeth and change your bite to reduce sleep apnea.

Another common treatment of sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Though effective, CPAP machines are bulky and loud. Some people find it difficult to sleep with a breathing mask on, and many prefer dental solutions like oral appliances and orthodontic treatment.

Don’t ignore the signs of sleep apnea. Let the team at Tribeca Dental Studio help you find the right treatment to get you sleeping and breathing better. Make your first appointment online or by phone today.