Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment in West Village, NYC

 

Do you wake up every morning feeling groggy and poorly rested? Has a roommate or partner told you that you snore? If so, it’s possible you suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a medical condition characterized by a repeated stop-and-start pattern of breathing during sleep. A physician can diagnose sleep apnea after a sleep study is conducted. 

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, there is no need to fear. At Keith Bracy, D.D.S., PLLC, we offer several treatments for sleep apnea in New York, New York. If snoring and sleep apnea have been affecting your life, you don’t have to go another day without getting the help you need. Our West Village dentist, Dr. Keith Bracy, wants to help you discover a life without sleep apnea. 

Below, we have provided answers to some of our commonly asked questions to help you better understand snoring, sleep apnea, and how they relate to your dental health. If you have additional questions at any time, please do not hesitate to call our West Village dental office at (212) 390-8399!

What does my dentist have to do with sleep apnea? 

While dentists are not typically the ones to diagnose sleep apnea (your regular physician or a sleep specialist will do this), dentists can offer effective ways to treat sleep apnea that will also help out your oral health in the process. 

One way dentists can help you treat obstructive sleep apnea is with oral appliance therapy. Our dental office likewise offers oral appliances to dental patients who are a good fit for the treatment. Dr. Bracy can offer oral appliance therapy in our West Village, NYC dental office. If you want to learn how easy it is to treat your sleep apnea at the dentist, call us today or book a dental appointment online. 

What are some signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea?

It can be difficult to recognize sleep apnea within your own life because you are usually asleep when the problems are occurring. Some symptoms, however, are easy to notice even during your waking hours. Common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring or difficulty breathing during sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Morning sleepiness and difficulty concentrating
  • High blood pressure
  • Abrupt awakenings during the night, accompanied by gagging

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be a sign that you suffer from sleep apnea. If you suspect you have obstructive sleep apnea, you should first see your primary care physician and discuss your symptoms. Your physician may order a sleep study to confirm your diagnosis. 

When should I consult with a dentist regarding my obstructive sleep apnea?

After diagnosis, your physician may start you on the gold standard of obstructive sleep apnea treatment – the CPAP machine. CPAP machines are worn while the patient is asleep. The CPAP machine provides pressure to the airway to keep it unblocked during sleep. However, many patients are not able to tolerate the CPAP machine. Many find the CPAP machine too bulky or noisy to use during sleep. These patients are called CPAP intolerant, and it is important they seek another treatment option. This is where dentists like Dr. Bracy who are trained in sleep apnea appliances come in. 

After you have discussed your CPAP intolerance with your physician, they can refer you to a dentist to fabricate a sleep apnea oral appliance for you. The sleep apnea oral appliances are fabricated from dental impressions. There are several different types of sleep apnea dental appliances, but they all work by the same mechanism of pulling your throat muscles and tissues slightly forward so that your airway does not obstruct during sleep. They are easy to use and to wear during sleep, and they are similar to night guards. Many patients report that oral appliances are much more comfortable than CPAP machines. 

Sleep apnea appliances can vastly improve the quality of life for CPAP-intolerant patients. Many patients report that they can finally sleep well and that they feel refreshed in the morning. Others have an overall improvement in their health, such as a reduction in blood pressure and a stabilized mood. Sleep apnea oral appliances are backed by research that shows treatment success with mild, moderate, and severe obstructive sleep apnea. 

If you would like to learn more about our oral appliances for sleep apnea in West Village, contact our dental office today at (212) 390-8399.

Can Dr. Bracy make me a sleep apnea appliance without a sleep study?

No. It is important that all patients suspecting that they have obstructive sleep apnea see a physician and have a sleep study conducted first. Dr. Bracy can only create a sleep apnea oral appliance after you have been diagnosed and referred by a physician. If you do not have a physician, Dr. Bracy is happy to refer you to a list of primary care physicians in the NYC area. 

Can Dr. Bracy bill my medical insurance for my sleep apnea oral appliance?

Yes. Our NYC dental office is contracted with a professional medical billing company that can handle medical insurance claims. We can pre-authorize your medical insurance and give you a full explanation of deductibles, copayments and medical coverage for your sleep apnea oral appliance. If you proceed with treatment, we can even submit your claim for you. 

Medical insurance coverage varies widely and can be confusing, but we are happy to help you navigate it. If you do not have coverage for the appliance, a monthly payment plan can be set up. However, our dental office cannot bill Medicaid or Medicare.

What are anti-snore appliances?

Anti-snore appliances, often called snore guards, work similarly to sleep apnea appliances. Dr. Bracy can fabricate the Silent Nite® appliance for the reduction of snoring. He can attest that they really do work since he uses one himself! A referral from your physician and sleep study is not necessary for a snore guard, but Dr. Bracy advises you to discuss your snoring with your medical provider. 

Obstructive sleep apnea and snoring are common medical problems that dentists like Dr. Bracy now play a role in treating. Our Manhattan dental office, located in the West Village, can provide you with treatment options. We are also conveniently located near Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Union Square, and Flatiron. Please use one of our online booking tools or call us at (212) 390-8399 to learn more. 

Contact Our West Village, NYC Dental Office 

Are you ready to discover a life free from snoring and sleep apnea symptoms? Don’t wait another day to seek treatment for your conditions. Dr. Bracy and our caring dental team are ready to help you find the relief you need. To schedule your dental appointment with our Manhattan sleep apnea dentist, give us a call today!