If you snore excessively, you often wake up in the middle of the night, or you don’t feel rested even after 7-8 hours of sleep, you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). At Scarsdale Smiles, Dr. Cox can collaborate with your physician to help you get the treatment you need for sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder in American adults
In the short-term, sleep apnea can interfere with a good night’s sleep leading to to drowsiness, exhaustion, and difficulty focusing
In the long-term, untreated sleep apnea can significantly increase your risk of stroke and heart attack
Dr. Cox specializes in treating sleep apnea with oral appliances and night guards
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissues of your palate, throat and airway collapse during sleep, obstructing your airway. These regular interruptions in your breathing interfere with proper blood oxygenation, and can even cause you to wake up intermittently at night. OSA can cause serious negative health effects if it’s left untreated.
The most common treatment options for sleep apnea include nightguards, oral appliances and CPAP machines. Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or avoiding alcohol use at night, may also help with apnea. During your consultation at Scarsdale Smiles, Dr. Cox will discuss your symptoms and work with you and your physician to develop a treatment plan that is right for your needs and lifestyle.
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP machines use a special pump and a face mask, which sends a gentle stream of pressurized air through your nose and mouth. The pressure of this stream of air prevents the tissue of your throat and airway from sagging.
The main drawbacks of CPAP machines are that they are large, can be noisy, and require a power source to operate correctly. They also restrict your sleeping position to your side or back, which may be hard to adjust to if you prefer to sleep on your stomach. However, CPAP machines remain the best way to treat serious cases of OSA.