Manhattan Dental Arts
1995 Broadway, Suite 200, New York, NY 10023
Short, frequent interruptions in your breathing while you sleep can negatively impact your overall health and wellbeing if not addressed. Oral appliance therapy that uses a sleep apnea mouthpiece can help improve your breathing when you sleep and significantly improve overall sleep quality.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which a person stops breathing for short periods while they sleep, which limits the body’s oxygen supply. The condition is most common in adults over the age of 40.
When you are awake, your throat muscles automatically stiffen to hold your airway open and allow air to flow into the lungs. During sleep, these muscles relax, which can narrow the throat to the point that air cannot reach the lungs. Individuals with the following risk factors have an increased likelihood of developing sleep apnea:
The most common sleep apnea symptoms include:
Losing weight, changing your sleep position, and other lifestyle changes may be enough to treat mild cases of this sleep disorder. A sleep apnea mouth guard that repositions the tongue and jaw may alleviate snoring and breathing interruptions. Extreme cases may require surgery. If you experience breathing interruptions or snore while you sleep, contact our office in NYC Upper West Side to see if you may benefit from an oral appliance for sleep apnea.
The dentist fits you with a device that is very similar to a retainer or a mouthguard worn when playing sports. The device gently pushes the jaw forward while you sleep, which expands your airway and minimizes snoring and breathing interruptions.
The cost of oral appliance therapy varies depending on the type of medical or dental insurance that you have and the type of device you elect to receive. Our staff will discuss the cost of the appliance with you during your initial consultation.
We accept a number of different insurance plans, and many of them cover at least a portion of the cost of oral appliance therapy. Our staff will work with you to find the most appropriate treatment covered under your plan. We do, however, recommend that you contact your insurer to find out more about the benefits offered under your insurance plan.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective way to improve sleep and nighttime breathing without the need for invasive surgery. The device is portable and easy to care for and use. Unlike a continuous positive airway pressure machine, you do not have to worry about an uncomfortable mask or a loud machine disrupting your sleep. By treating the underlying sleep disorder, you can reduce your risk for serious health complications, such as:
Improved sleep can also help you function better in your daily life.
Manhattan Dental Arts can help you enjoy better sleep and better health through oral appliance therapy. If you have been told that you snore loudly or that you gasp or stop breathing in your sleep, contact us today at (646) 354-7621 to arrange a consultation to discuss your symptoms.
Call our office at (646) 354-7621