Dr. Joshua Bratt RVC Dentist

143 N Long Beach Rd, Suite 3, Rockville Centre, NY 11570

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Sleep Apnea Dentist in Rockville Centre

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Sleep apnea is a serious and potentially life threatening disorder involving repeated pauses in breathing while asleep. The most common form of this condition is obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when there is an obstruction of an individual’s airway that interferes with the flow of oxygen through the nose or mouth during sleep. 

In someone afflicted with obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles of the throat and mouth relax during sleep to the point where they fall back into the upper airway and create a blockage that restricts breathing.

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The signs and symptoms of this disorder during sleeping hours may include, loud snoring, episodes of breathing cessation, abrupt awakenings, episodes of gasping for air, along with difficulties getting a good night’s sleep. An individual with sleep apnea will exhibit problems during the day as well. 

Sleep apnea can lead to a morning headache, excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.

A asleep study is typically conducted to determine the severity of the disorder. The results of this study along with other medical findings will play a role in determining the recommended therapy. 

The most common form of therapy is a CPAP machine that is worn when sleeping. This device provides a steady stream of pressurized air into the respiratory system through a mask.

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In situations of mild to moderate sleep apnea, a dental appliance may be deemed the appropriate treatment. 

Worn in a similar fashion to a mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer, it is designed to help keep the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing, thereby enabling the airway to stay open during sleep. 

An oral appliance is easy to wear, easy to care for, comfortable, and portable. Oral appliances are individually fabricated, and customized for both maximum effectiveness and comfort.

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"Sleep apnea is a serious and potentially life threatening disorder involving repeated pauses in breathing while asleep."

Dr Joshua & Amy Bratt


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New York State Dental Association
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Frequently Asked Questions

Snoring does not always mean sleep apnea. A person who snores may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or central sleep apnea (CSA). OSA occurs when the airway becomes blocked while sleeping. CSA happens when the brain fails to send signals to the muscles controlling breathing. Both conditions cause people to stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night.

Sleep Apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway while sleeping. When the airway is blocked, the body does not receive enough oxygen and carbon dioxide. As a result, the brain sends signals to wake up. These signals cause the person to awaken suddenly and breathe heavily.

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A CPAP machine blows air at a constant pressure through a mask worn over your nose and mouth. This helps keep your airways open while you sleep. If you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a CPAP machine may help you breathe easier while you sleep.

CPAP is not a cure for Sleep Apnea. However, it does provide relief from symptoms. Treatment options for OSA include dental devices, oral appliances, and medications.

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