Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Does your loud snoring keep your partner awake at night? Do you find it difficult to concentrate throughout the day, even though you feel like you got a full night’s sleep? Do frequent headaches or migraines prevent you from living your best quality of life?

All of these may be symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea or OSA, a debilitating condition that robs you of restful sleep and whose effects ripple throughout your life.

Dr. Andriy Krayniy and Dr. Rosemarie Zimmerman have helped many patients with the symptoms of sleep apnea, and they can help you too. If you need relief and a good night’s sleep, call our New York City dental office so we can explain more about OSA and how we can help you.

What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

OSA occurs when the muscles and soft tissues in your throat soften and collapse during sleep and block your airway. Breathing stops, and the lack of oxygen signals your brain to wake you up and breathe.

These disruptive episodes can occur hundreds of times a night without your knowledge but may disturb your partner’s sleep. For you, the effects show up throughout your day and can include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Frequent headaches on waking
  • Insomnia or disturbed sleep
  • Mood swings or depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dry mouth or sore throat

Excessive snoring is also symptoms of sleep apnea and occurs because air can’t pass freely through the airway, causing a vibration that results in the sound we call snoring.

We Can Help You Get a Restful Night’s Sleep

Sleep apnea not only affects your sleep, but it can have serious health risks. Because your body is deprived of sufficient oxygen during apnea episodes, OSA can contribute to severe health conditions like hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. Daytime sleepiness caused by sleep apnea can also lead to drowsy-driving accidents.

Dr. Andriy Krayniy can address the debilitating symptoms of sleep apnea by customizing a simple oral appliance that can have a significant impact on your quality of life.

Using impressions of your teeth, we customize the device to slip over your upper and lower teeth while you sleep. Called a mandibular advancement device, it positions the lower jaw slightly forward. This position prevents the muscles and soft tissue in your throat from collapsing and blocking your airway and also helps minimize disruptive snoring.

The FDA has approved this treatment approach for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. While it’s not right for everyone, the device has proven to help with mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea and patients who cannot tolerate using a CPAP mask.

Are You Longing for Restful Sleep?

If you or your partner snores heavily or you find yourself fatigued throughout your day, you might have OSA. If you would like to learn how your NYC dentist can help with sleep apnea and snoring, call us to see if a customized oral appliance can help you finally get a good night’s sleep.