Sleep Apnea Therapy – Guilderland, NY
Sleep Better, Breathe Better, Live Better
Do you feel tired every day despite getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night? Are you constantly being elbowed by your partner because of your snoring? Have you almost fallen asleep behind the wheel because you’re so exhausted? These are all common signs of sleep apnea, a very serious condition that affects over 20 million Americans. Dr. Oshins can offer a patient relief and restore their rest using a simple, custom-made oral appliance that fits in their pocket, and you can start getting the sleep you deserve today by giving us a call.
Why Choose Oshins of Smiles for Sleep Apnea Therapy?
- Custom-Made Oral Appliances for Each Patient
- More Comfortable Alternative to CPAP Therapy
- Able to Stop Even Severe Snoring
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a chronic disorder in which a person briefly but frequently stops breathing throughout the night. In most cases, the tissues of the mouth and throat collapse together to block the airway, and in response, the body has to partially wake up. This can occur up to 100 times an hour in severe cases, and as a result, the body is never able to reach the deeper, more restorative stages of sleep.
Dangers of Sleep Apnea
In addition to making someone constantly feel tired and irritable, sleep apnea has also been shown to drastically increase someone’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This is because the stoppages in breathing are very stressful on the body, particularly the heart, and it causes blood pressure to skyrocket. This elevated blood pressure can remain for several hours, even after someone is awake, and it’s one of the leading risk factors for cardiac events.
One of the most telling symptoms of sleep apnea is loud, chronic snoring. This occurs when the airway is only partially blocked, but it usually precludes a full blockage. While snoring is often benign (if annoying), it is not an automatic indicator that someone has sleep apnea. However, if snoring occurs in conjunction with constant exhaustion, and the person regularly wakes up gasping for air or feeling out of breath, then they should definitely schedule a screening with Dr. Oshins.
Oral Appliance Therapy
The most common form of sleep apnea treatment is CPAP therapy, which involves a patient wearing a mask connected to an air pump that continually forces oxygen into the throat to keep the airway open. Fortunately, a less invasive and more comfortable alternative is available in the form of oral appliance therapy. Dr. Oshins utilizes multiple types of oral appliances, and each one is custom-designed to provide maximum comfort and an effective treatment. All a patient has to do is wear one to bed, and they should wake up in the morning feeling fully energized.
EMA stands for “elastic mandibular advancement,” and this appliance consists of two plastic trays that slip over each row of teeth that are connected by adjustable elastic bands. It slightly moves the lower jaw forward during sleep, ensuring the airway remains open throughout the night, allowing someone to sleep deeply and stop snoring.
The Dorsal appliance gets its name from the two fin-like pieces that connect the separate parts together. Made of high-quality acrylic, Dorsal appliances are extremely sleek and comfortable to wear, and they can be easily adjusted to find the perfect fit. Their advanced design also prevents the breakage that occurs with many other appliances, ensuring they last night after night.
The Herbst appliance is held together using two small, telescoping metal arms that gently hold the jaw in a position that allows for optimal airflow during sleep. These appliances can also be used to treat problems related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which often occur in conjunction with sleep apnea.
Partnered with Sleep Physicians
In order to provide the best care possible, Dr. Oshins works closely with many sleep physicians in the Capital District area. If you believe you have sleep apnea, but still need to be tested, he can connect you with a qualified physician near you. Or, if you already know you have sleep apnea, he can work with your doctor to get you a custom-made sleep appliance. This collaborative approach helps patients get the answers and the treatment they need as quickly and effectively as possible.