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NEWS ARTICLE 01.31.2016

After a good night’s rest, most feel more alert, energized, happier and better able to function.  But, in New York City, the city that never sleeps, many find getting a good night's rest very difficult.  Many wake up after a normal amount of sleep still feeling tired.  Many also suffer from lack of concentration during the day and continued tiredness throughout the day.  Sleep apnea may be the cause.


What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that prevents the body from getting a sufficient amount of oxygen during sleep. During times of sleep, the sleep apnea victim or patient literally stops breathing for small periods of time, creating an extremely dangerous situation.  Sleep apnea is also known as obstructive sleep apnea and it’s the most common form. Throat blockage, mostly from the tongue or palate, is what gives obstructive sleep apnea its name

  • Regular snorers have a 33% increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Those who suffer from OSA are four times more likely to have a heart attack
  • 40-80% of stroke sufferers also suffer from OSA



Who has Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is very common.  One out of four adults has sleep apnea and the odds get higher as you get older.  Forty percent of snorers have sleep apnea. Risk factors include males, overweight, diabetics, and high blood pressure.


What happens if it is untreated?

Sleep Apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases, stroke, acid reflux, weight gain, impotency, memory problems, and headaches. The average life of an untreated apneic is about 55 years if they have had it all their life, but once they get past that hurdle, they are safe from death, but not from misery.


Treatment for Sleep Apnea in New York City

Typical treatments for sleep apnea often include a bulky and sometimes uncomfortable CPAP or BiPAP machines.  Depending on the severity of the sleep apnea, a CPAP machine may not be needed.


Another form of treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea is a dental appliance.  The appliances are similar to a sports mouth guard.  They function by bringing the jaw slightly forward during sleep to relieve the obstruction. Each mouth guard is custom fit to your jaw and mouth.   The appliances, made by your dentist, are approved by the FDA, portable, and typically more comfortable than CPAP machines.


Some people have found relief through natural methods simply by losing weight, cutting out certain foods from a diet, reducing alcohol consumption, or even avoiding certain medications under the doctor’s advice.


Under no circumstance, should a patient take a sleeping aid as a way to thwart sleep apnea. Sleeping aids are designed to deepen sleep, while sleep apnea treatments are designed to increase airflow. Both treatments solve completely different problems.


For more information on the connection between sleep and heart health visit the Sleep Foundation Website


At EastSide Dental Medicine ,we treat sleep apnea and construct mouth guards for those affected every day.  Various treatments exist to attempt to open the airway and give the patient relief.Sleep better and feel better.We can create a snore guard in our office that will enhance your health and your life

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595  Madison Avenue, 27th Floor

New York, NY 10022



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