At Long Island Sleep Apnea Solutions, our staff is well trained and familiar with oral appliance therapy. We work with your physicians as part of the medical team throughout your entire treatment. It is essential that there be on-going, short and long term follow up for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.
Snoring and sleep apnea are caused by a physical obstruction of the flow of air through the mouth and nose. If tissues of the mouth or nose partially collapse during sleep, air is forced through a narrow airway causing the walls of the throat to vibrate when breathing, resulting in the distinctive sounds of snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs if the airway completely collapses and no air can reach the lungs.
As an active member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, I take a particular interest in informing my patients and the general public about sleep disorders that can be treated through specialized dentistry.
The Academy estimates that 25 million Americans suffer from some form of Sleep Apnea. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 50-70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder.
One of the most common sleep disorder problems is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is a serious disease that can cause you to stop breathing up to hundreds of times per night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk for several other health problems, such as high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes.
If you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, or think you or a loved one may be suffering from Sleep Apnea, follow my simple steps to sleep more soundly:
Stick to a regular sleep schedule – Make an effort to go to bed when you feel sleepy and attempt to wake up at the same time every morning, even on the weekends.
This regimen will help keep your body’s clock right on schedule. Do your best to avoid long naps during the day, especially in the afternoon. Although a quick nap can be healthy, oversleeping during the day can make it harder for you to fall asleep at night.
Create a perfect sleep environment – For the soundest sleep, your bedroom should be quiet, dark and relatively cool. Turn off the television and put away your smartphone, tablet, laptop or e-reader before bedtime. The bright light from electronic screens can prevent you from being able to fall asleep.
Practice bedtime rituals – Develop a relaxing routine that lets your body know it’s time to wind down for the night. Whether you prefer to take a warm bath or spend time reading, these calming activities will allow your body to relieve stress and shift into sleep mode.
Listen to your sleep partner or spouse – If your loud snoring or restless sleeping pattern is affecting your spouse's good night’s sleep it may be time to seek help. Many times a spouse or partner is the first person to observe, and then report to you first-hand information about a potentially dangerous sleep disorder.
Consult a physician if you have troubled sleep – If you find that you’re still having trouble feeling rested in the morning, you could have Sleep Apnea. Make an appointment with a board-certified sleep physician at an accredited sleep center. We can refer you to an excellent sleep doctor in your area. If you are diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, the doctor will help you decide which treatment option is best for you. He will give you options usually for a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure), oral appliance, or surgery. If your physician and you decide on a oral appliance we can help you.
Schedule an appointment with my office at 631-318-0000 – We work in conjunction with physicians to treat Sleep Apnea on Long Island with oral appliance therapy. An oral appliance is a mouth guard-like device that supports your jaw in a forward position to help keep your airway open. Oral appliance therapy has a much higher compliance rate than CPAP therapy. Although CPAP is effective, many patients dislike the machine and mask.
Patients often prefer an equally acceptable oral appliance because it is more comfortable, quiet and convenient for travel.
I hope these tips will either lead to a more restful night's sleep or make you aware of a problem with a sleep disorder that needs to be quickly addressed.