If you have a sleep disorder, your dentist is typically the first person to notice the signs and symptoms. Shane Methal, DDS, is a sleep apnea specialist at Greene Street Dental in SoHo, Manhattan. Dr. Methal and the team are experts in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders like sleep apnea, so you can get the good night’s rest you’ve been craving. To learn more, book a visit today by calling the New York City office or using the online scheduling tool.
When you have sleep apnea, you stop breathing for extended periods of time while you sleep. It’s a fairly common disorder that affects 25 million Americans of all ages, and can be incredibly dangerous and damaging to your overall health.
The periods of breathlessness caused by sleep apnea can make you stop breathing for anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, and they can happen hundreds of times over the course of the night.
Sleep apnea is typically caused by an obstruction in your airway. If the muscles in your throat or the back of your mouth are too loose or relaxed when you sleep, they can cover your airway and prevent your body from taking in oxygen, leading to an apneic episode.
Some other factors that can make you more likely to suffer from sleep apnea include:
All of these conditions make it more difficult for oxygen to properly move through your airway.
There are some telltale signs of sleep apnea that Dr. Methal and the team at Greene Street Dental can spot during your consultation.
Sleep apnea frequently causes snoring, which in turn causes redness and irritation in your throat. Dr. Methal will notice if your throat is irritated from snoring.
Some people with sleep apnea also grind their teeth. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, your dentist might notice that your tooth surfaces are worn down.
If Dr. Methal and the team at Greene Street Dental suspect that you have sleep apnea, they might refer you to a sleep specialist who can administer a sleep study and provide you with a more accurate diagnosis.
Sleep apnea deprives your body of essential oxygen, which can lead to a number of health problems, including:
Sleep apnea also prevents you from getting a good night’s rest, which can lead to impaired performance at work and school and a higher likelihood of automobile and workplace accidents.
If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, Dr. Methal and the team at Greene Street Dental can make you a custom-designed oral appliance to wear while you sleep.
The appliance is designed from an impression of your smile, so it fits comfortably in your mouth. It works by gently pushing your lower jaw forward and slightly raising your tongue, which helps to keep your airway unobstructed and maintain a proper flow of oxygen.
Schedule a visit with Greene Street Dental by calling the office or booking a visit online and start your sleep apnea treatment today.