Manhattan dentist Dr. Brad Gorsky offers patients the benefits of advanced training and a comprehensive approach to their care, which includes screening for and addressing oral related health concerns that go beyond maintaining the teeth and gums. When you visit our Midtown Manhattan dentist office for routine dental care, we take the time to look for the early signs of disease as well as narrow dental arches, tongue-tie, mouth-breathing, and enlarged adenoids or tonsils, which can contribute to sleep disorders.
Identifying risk factors for airway obstruction and sleep-disordered breathing issues such as sleep apnea can often be life changing or even life saving. In many cases, patients do not realize they are at greater risk for or suffering from a sleep disorder. Proper treatment can improve your daily quality of life and overall physical health, reducing your associated risk for inflammatory conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, reflux, and Crohn’s disease. Using oral appliance therapy, Dr. Gorsky can reposition the tongue and jaw to allow for easier, normal breathing during sleep.
Sleep Apnea: What Are the Symptoms?
Sleep apnea has a range of common symptoms and risk factors, some of which are related to lifestyle habits. Dr. Gorsky will take the time to learn about your medical history, personal lifestyle habits and other factors affecting both oral and overall health. This enables us to provide dental care that is tailored to your unique needs and supports a good quality of life. The symptoms of sleep apnea can often go undetected until they begin to dramatically affect sleep and daily quality of life.
Sleep Apnea: Are You At Risk?
While sleep apnea can affect men, women and children, there are certain patients who are at greater risk for a sleep related disorder such as sleep apnea. Risk factors include:
- Men, especially those over 50 years of age
- Patients who are diabetic or hypertensive
- Patients with a large neck circumference
- Those who are overweight or obese
Signs of Sleep Apnea:
- Feeling groggy or sleepy during the day
- Dry mouth in the morning
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty concentrating
- Restless sleep, sudden waking
Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Manhattan
Dr. Gorsky works with patients on an individual basis to identify risk factors as well as existing symptoms that can be related to sleep apnea. If necessary, we can coordinate a sleep study with your general practitioner. Although the CPAP is still considered the “gold standard” of care when it comes to sleep apnea, there are many reasons why patients resist using it or there is low compliance. Dr. Gorsky can effectively treat mild to moderate sleep apnea with an alternative to the CPAP known as oral appliance therapy.
An oral appliance will be custom made for you and fits much like a sports mouth guard. Comfortable, convenient and more discreet, an oral appliance can enable you to speak and consume fluids while in place. Patients are far more likely to use an oral appliance regularly, which is an important factor in reducing both symptoms and health risks associated with sleep apnea.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be suffering from a sleep disorder or has a greater risk for developing sleep apnea, schedule a visit with Dr. Gorsky. Our Midtown Manhattan dentist office welcomes new patients and provides personalized dental care for all of your oral health needs.
Dr. Gorsky offers comprehensive dentistry using advanced techniques in a state of the art office conveniently located on the East side of Midtown Manhattan. Contact us at 212-235-1769 or request an appointment online.