Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening sleep disorder, which affects approximately 25 million adults in the United States. At the office of Eric S. Jacob, DDS, our Roslyn Heights sleep apnea dentist provides customized oral appliance therapy to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Our experienced team of professionals delivers state-of-the-art care to improve your overall health and help you get a better night’s rest.
When you sleep, all the muscles in your body relax, including the muscles at the back of your throat. If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles in your throat not only relax, but collapse completely, causing a blockage of airflow. To diagnose sleep apnea, your doctor will perform a sleep study, to observe your symptoms while you are at rest. Heavy snoring, pausing or ceasing to breathe, gasping for breath or waking up abruptly may indicate obstructive sleep apnea. Because sleep apnea disrupts your normal sleep cycle, you may experience daytime symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating and headaches. To treat this condition, your doctor may recommend a CPAP machine, which supplies continuous pressure through a mask worn over the nose, to keep your airway open. In some cases, our Roslyn Heights sleep apnea dentist can provide a customized oral appliance to effectively treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The device fits over your top and bottom teeth, like a retainer, to keep your jaw open in a slightly forward position, which allows air to pass through easily. Our team of professionals offers guidance on how to properly wear and care for your oral appliance. Our oral appliances are portable, easy to clean and designed to fit comfortably.
If you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, visit our Roslyn Heights sleep apnea dentist for prompt and effective treatment. At the office of Eric S. Jacob, DDS, we provide oral appliance therapy to help you breathe easier and sleep better. To learn more about sleep apnea or to schedule an appointment, call today.