Sleep Apnea

Evan Cohen DDS, PC

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

If you frequently wake up tired from disruptive sleep due to snoring, you may be dealing with sleep apnea. Dr. Evan Cohen, DDS, in Midtown Manhattan, New York, specializes in treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. To learn more, call his office today or click below to book your appointment now.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

Evan Cohen DDS, PC

What’s sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous condition that causes prolonged pauses in breathing during your sleep. If you suffer from sleep apnea, it’s likely you wake up off and on through the night: As many as 20, 30, or even 40 times in one hour.

Besides the loss of restorative sleep, sleep apnea is a serious medical condition because it makes it difficult for your brain to get oxygen. There are three known types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: Your throat muscles relax and close.
  • Central sleep apnea: Your brain temporarily stops communicating with your lungs and breathing pauses.
  • Mixed sleep apnea: You have both types of sleep apnea.

Who can get sleep apnea?

Men, women, and children can develop sleep apnea at any time, but some conditions increase your risk, such as:

  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • A narrow airway
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • A thick neck circumference
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Acid reflux
  • Some medications

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Besides being exhausted on a regular basis, several other signs indicate you may be losing sleep due to sleep apnea:

  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Dry mouth
  • Startling yourself awake with a choking feeling
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble staying asleep; frequent wakings
  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate

How does an oral appliance help with sleep apnea?

Many men and women prefer oral devices to a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine because they’re less cumbersome.

Just like a retainer or mouth guard, an oral appliance that helps relieve your sleep apnea is customized to fit snugly over your teeth. This device moves the position of your jaw forward to ensure your airways are unobstructed during sleep.

During your appointment at Dr. Cohen’s office in Midtown Manhattan, he evaluates the cause of your sleep apnea. Then, you select from a wide variety of oral devices, including an oral apnea appliance, anti-snoring mechanism, or dental night guard, to improve your snoring. Your new oral device is fabricated in office and may take two weeks to create.

For truly restful sleep, turn to the expert team at the office of Dr. Cohen in New York City. Call now or book your appointment below.

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