Sleep Apnea

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Complimentary Sleep Apnea – Sleep Disorder Evaluation for Patients on Staten Island

Since obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is such an important health issue, your initial visit and sleep disorder breathing evaluation at Staten Island Dental Sleep Health in Staten Island are complimentary.

We might even suggest that you complete a home sleep study, which will be evaluated by a board-certified sleep physician. The future treatment of this sleep disordered breathing can be life-saving in more ways than one. Making great smiles is terrific — but saving a life is a whole different ballgame. If you feel this evaluation is something you or a loved one needs — call our office to schedule this VERY important appointment.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Are you drowsy during the day with no explanation? Do you snore loudly or wake up breathless in the middle of the night? If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be one of more than 12 million Americans who is affected by sleep apnea.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep, as many as 20-30 times per hour. Each time you stop breathing in your sleep, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Since the time spent awake is so brief, most people with sleep apnea don’t remember it, and many feel like they are getting a good night’s sleep when, in fact, they are not. The constant wake-sleep cycle prevents those with sleep apnea from achieving deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.

What are the signs of sleep apnea?

American Academy of Dental Sleep medicine logoThe following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these, contact our practice.

  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Waking up at night short of breath
  • Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
  • Headaches upon waking in the morning
  • Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
  • Extreme drowsiness throughout the day

How is sleep apnea treated?

Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and snoring by pulmonary physicians and ear, nose and throat doctors are typically the use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This is basically an air pump and hose attached to a mask that covers the nose and mouth and is worn during sleep time. Physicians may prescribe additional surgical procedures that are only somewhat successful, statistically. Maxillofacial surgeons may recommend surgically advancing the jaws to open the airway.

Are you tired of your CPAP and ready for a good night sleep?

If you are … and you’re looking for a more conservative and effective approach, Dr. Mel Pearson and his team at Staten Island Dental Sleep Health have an alternative—a custom-made oral appliance designed to fit over the teeth of the upper and lower jaws. This treatment moves the lower jaw forward, opening the airway, and helps to prevent both snoring and sleep apnea episodes. These appliances provide restful and refreshing sleep to the patient which can noticeably improve their general overall health. Schedule an appointment today for a complimentary initial consultation.