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 Manhattan Beach of Brooklyn and Gramercy of Manhattan, 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 is a sleep disorder that occurs when your breathing starts and stops repeatedly when you’re asleep. Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
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.
The cause of sleep apnea isn’t always entirely clear. Factors that increase your risk of developing it include:
Possible complications of sleep apnea are a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, and liver problems.
Your doctor and dentist work together to treat sleep apnea and its symptoms. Treatment options include:
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.
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.
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.