Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine
Cosmetic Dentistry & Dental Sleep Medicine located in Brooklyn, NY
Rest Easier with a Little Professional Help
Snoring indicates that you may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which interrupts the quality of sleep you get each night. It can also lead to excessive daytime sleepiness, chronic disease, and more.
The team at Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine in Brooklyn, NY specializes in diagnosing and finding a solution to sleep apnea. Their specialty is using oral appliances that prevent your tongue and soft tissue from collapsing and closing your airway. Find out if this preferred sleep apnea solution is for you by calling the office to arrange a consultation or by using the online booking agent.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea Q & A
Is it Snoring or Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea and snoring are two conditions that can be differentiated by the severity of their symptoms. Snoring is a sound you make when airflow is restricted during sleep. The sound is a result of tissues at the top of the airway vibrating against each other. Loud, heavy snoring is a significant symptom of sleep apnea — although snoring alone doesn’t mean you have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which your breathing continuously pauses during sleep. The most common form of sleep apnea is OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), and it typically occurs because soft tissue has fallen over the airway, causing it to collapse. In rare cases, untreated sleep apnea can be fatal.
Whether you’re a heavy snorer or you think you might have OSA, Dr. Doueck will help you find the diagnosis and treatment that you deserve.
The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Depending on the time of day, symptoms of sleep apnea could vary. Regardless, the easiest way to find out if you’re suffering from sleep apnea is to contact a professional. The symptoms of sleep apnea are as follows:
- Excessive daytime fatigue
- Early morning headaches
- Poor concentration
- Restless sleep
- Choking or gasping while sleeping
- Frequent urination
- Heavy, disruptive snoring
- Pauses in breathing
How to Get Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Currently, only a qualified physician can diagnose sleep apnea. However, dentists are often the first profession to identify signs of the disorder. If this is the case, Dr. Doueck will refer you to a specialist or your primary care physician.
Once you have a sleep apnea diagnosis, you can return to Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine. At which time, Dr. Doueck will review your diagnosis and answer any questions you have. He’ll also elaborate on the available alternatives to CPAP, such as an oral appliance.
Common Types of Treatment
Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea symptoms (mild, moderate, or severe), there are three treatment options:
- CPAP (mild to severe): Treatment using a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) pumps warm air through your nose while you sleep, keeping the airway open and preventing sleep apnea episodes. This treatment is useful, but people stop using it because it’s restrictive.
- Oral Appliance (mild to moderate): If CPAP isn’t working for you, Dr. Doueck can create a custom-fitted oral appliance that’ll gently push your jaw forward during sleep — this keeps the airway open and prevents sleep apnea episodes. People love the convenience and comfortable fit of this treatment option.
- Upper Airway Surgery (severe): This form of treatment is a last resort, but it should eliminate or significantly reduce your symptoms.