Sleep Apnea Specialist

Dr. K Dental

Dentists located in Gramercy Park, New York, NY & Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, NY

Sleep apnea is common, affecting more than 25% of adults between ages 30-70 in the United States. Poor sleep quality is associated with an increased risk of weight gain, certain diseases, and chronic fatigue. At Dr. K Dental, located in Union Square of Manhattan, New York, and Manhattan Beach of Brooklyn, New York, the experienced dentists fabricate dental appliances to reduce snoring and sleep apnea to help you breathe easier. Call Dr. K Dental to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when your breathing starts and stops repeatedly when you’re asleep. Symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Loud snoring
  • Dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Irritability
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Problems paying attention

Sleep apnea can reduce your overall quality of life. If you experience symptoms of this debilitating condition, talk with your doctor and dentist at Dr. K Dental about possible treatments. 

What are the risk factors for sleep apnea?

The cause of sleep apnea isn’t always entirely clear. Factors that increase your risk of developing it include:

  • Being overweight
  • Having a narrowed airway
  • Older age
  • Being male
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Nasal congestion
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol, tranquilizers, and sedatives

Possible complications of sleep apnea are a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, and liver problems.

What is the treatment for sleep apnea?

Your doctor and dentist work together to treat sleep apnea and its symptoms. Treatment options include:

CPAP machine

A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine delivers air pressure through a mask while you sleep to keep your upper airway open and reduce snoring.

Oral appliances

Custom-made oral appliances from Dr. K Dental keep your airway open while you sleep, and are usually easier and more convenient than CPAP machines. These devices work by repositioning your jaw forward to relieve snoring and mild sleep apnea.

Your provider at Dr. K Dental makes a model of your teeth and sends it to a dental lab to create your custom appliance. Once it’s ready, your dentist makes sure the device fits properly and adjusts it to maximize effectiveness and comfort. Your provider may recommend follow-up appointments as needed.

Lifestyle changes

Making simple lifestyle changes in addition to wearing your oral appliance can further reduce symptoms of sleep apnea. Examples include losing weight if you’re overweight, getting regular exercise, avoiding alcohol and smoking, and changing sleeping positions.

When you’re ready to get a good night’s sleep to feel better and reduce your risk of chronic diseases, schedule a sleep apnea device appointment with Dr. K Dental or use the online scheduler.