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Sleep Apnea

Do you wake up in the morning feeling tired? Do you feel tired all day at work/school? Do you snore? Do you find it hard to stay awake during the day?

If you struggle with daytime sleepiness and fatigue, feel as though you are not well rested in the morning, or have hard time concentrating during daily tasks, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, called Sleep Apnea.

Side effects of sleep apneaWith sleep apnea your breathing stops or gets very shallow when you are sleeping. Each pause in breathing typically last 10 to 20 seconds or more. These pauses can occur 20 to 30 times or more an hour.

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. During sleep enough air cannot flow into your lungs through your mouth and nose even though you try to breathe. When this happens, the amount of oxygen in your blood may drop. Normal breaths then start again with a loud snort or choking sound. People with sleep apnea often have loud snoring. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Some people with sleep apnea don’t know they snore.

Sleep Apnea can affect anyone, at any age, from young kids to the elderly. Sleep Apnea has different types. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a type that blocks the airway. This can be caused by the tongue blocking your airway or a constricted throat.

When your airway is blocked, your mind and body does NOT receive the necessary oxygen it needs to function and survive.

In addition, sleep apnea can lead to many adverse health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and an increased risk for obesity.

Sleep Apnea is a serious medical condition, and it is life threatening.

Young woman sleeping peacefullyA conservative Sleep Apnea Treatment option in New York, is a Mandibular Advancement Device. Some people may call this “Night Guard for Sleep Apnea” or “Mouth Guard for Sleep Apnea”.

A custom-made Mandibular Advancement Device, made by our experienced Orthodontists, may be your best treatment option. It un-obstructs your tongue from blocking your airway when you sleep. This way your body will receive more adequate amount of oxygen it needs during sleep.

If you believe you are suffering from Sleep Apnea, schedule a consultation with your medical doctor, and request your primary physician to perform a Sleep Study Test. Once this is done, it has to be reviewed by a Board-Certified Sleep Doctor.

If your sleep doctor diagnoses you with Sleep Apnea, you may request him/her to write a prescription for a Mandibular Advancement Device.

How can I schedule an appointment?

Scheduling an appointment at Upper Eastside Orthodontists has never been easier. To learn more about Sleep Apnea and how you can benefit from such treatment, call 1-888-378-2976. You can also make an appointment online by clicking here.