Sleep apnea dentist in New York

Sleep apnea dentist in New York
Reviewed by Dr. Joseph Salim, DMD (written by the Sutton PDA editor)

Perhaps someone has advised you to look for a sleep apnea dentist in New York, or you are seeking to remedy a snoring issue.

Well, rest reassured, you have come to the right place.

Dr. Joseph Salim has a broad experience in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea and snoring using oral appliances and devices. He has completed several training workshops and courses at the Greater New York Dental Meeting and elsewhere.

Sutton Place Dental Associates is an obstructive sleep disorder and snoring treatment facility in Midtown Manhattan East Side.

Our office pays special attention to sleep apnea and snoring.

Sleep apnea and snoring at Sutton Place Dental Associates

Unlike other dental offices, we will present you with a “Sleep Health Questionnaire (SHQ).”

We will ask you questions like:

  • “Are you currently using a CPAP machine?”, •
  • “Have your loved ones or those around you ever told you that you snore during your sleep?” •
  • “Has your partner ever warned you that you stop breathing and gasp for air while asleep?”.

This helps to identify whether you snore and can help you reduce the issue.

But it is also to see whether you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It is a much more serious disease, which could potentially be fatal.

Even in its milder form, OSA prevents you from getting good restorative sleep and feeling rested.

Photo of a dog getting a very restorative sleep
Dog sleeping like a log

 

In the case of OSA, we help you set up a CPAP-free treatment plan. This will ease your nightly snoring as well as episodes of choking and gasping for air.

Contact us if you suffer from some of the above signs and symptoms or a doctor has already diagnosed you with OSA.

You can call us at (212) 644-1011 to schedule an evaluation at our Midtown-East Manhattan office.

Remember, if you are a first-time patient, the first visit is complimentary.

We welcome patients from NYC, and from surrounding communities in New Jersey and Connecticut.

Of snoring and sleep apnea

Silly cartoons poke fun at snorers. But if you suffer from this issue, then your loved ones know all too well that snoring can be a real problem.

Your bed partner often suffers from sleepless nights or retreats to a spare room or the couch.

Treating your snoring, which may not be medically a necessity, can dramatically improve their quality of life too.

However, snoring can also be a huge issue for you. It may, in fact, be a sign of sleep apnea (check Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The Definitive Guide for 2020). This is a more severe disease where your upper airways get temporarily blocked many times throughout the night. You will find yourself gasping for air and feeling very drowsy in the morning.

But let’s briefly look at the causes of snoring and sleep apnea.

Your upper nasopharyngeal tissues relax during sleep and vibrate as you inhale. Akin to sails in the wind, they vibrate and produce a sound (i.e., snoring).

Sleep apnea occurs when instead of just vibrating, your:

  • uvula,
  • soft palate,
  • tonsils,
  • cheeks,
  • tongue

collapse, blocking your airway.

As oxygen levels drop, you may momentarily wake up. But, since this happens very quickly, you may not be fully aware of it.

As this process may repeat itself hundreds of times a night, you will feel drowsy in the morning.

Also, frequent lack of oxygen can have seismic effects on your health (check Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The Definitive Guide for 2020).

Treating snoring and sleep apnea

  • If your nightly log-sawing is not too loud, we advise you to make some lifestyle changes including:
  • Quitting smoking since it clogs and weakens you throat
  • Sports and weight loss since a thinner tongue is less likely to obstruct your upper airways
  • Avoiding substances that relax your throat’s muscles (like alcohol, antihistamines, and tranquilizers) before you go to sleep
  • Etc.

But if your sonorous activity is intense, then you need treatment.

For many years, the primary treatment available was CPAP machines. These use mild air pressure to keep your airways open.

Their main problem? It is uncomfortable, and only 30-50% of patients use them regularly.

Enter snoring and sleep apnea dentists like Sutton Place Dental Associates. We can provide you with a much easier-to-use approach: oral devices (also called mouthpieces).

Oral device that frees your upper airways
Oral device or mouthpiece, used to keep your upper airways open

 

These free your upper airways by repositioning your jaw and tongue forward. 70-90% of our patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea wear them comfortably. Airflow improves, and snoring disappears.

So, how and when does treatment start?

First, your signs and symptoms need to suggest the likelihood of OSA. Unless a doctor has diagnosed you already, you will begin by completing a sleep study.

This can be done at a sleep center or with an In-Home Testing system.

The board-certified sleep physician I partner with can provide In-Home testing services. He will make a diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

We will discuss all possible treatment options and see if an oral appliance is right for you.

If a mouth device is the best solution for you, we will partner with your physician to provide oversight on the efficacy of the appliance.

Typically, we will follow up with you at three-week intervals to make sure the device is comfortable and practical.

Finally, we will give you some questionnaires (like the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and the Observation of Sleep Scale). It allows your bed partner to gauge whether the mouthpiece improves their quality of sleep.

The results of the questionnaire determine if you are ready for an efficacy sleep study.

Final remarks

We hope you have enjoyed this article.

If snoring is an issue or a doctor has diagnosed you with sleep apnea, call us at (212) 644-1011.

Your evaluation will take place at our Midtown-East Manhattan office.

Remember, if you are a first-time patient, the first visit is complimentary.