By Zev Maybruch, DDS
January 10, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Do you need help from your Kew Gardens Hills, NY, dentist when it comes to sleep apnea?sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder that affects a person's respiratory airflow. The airflow is interrupted when soft tissue, like the tongue, collapses at the back of your throat while you're asleep, causing the windpipe to be partially closed off. The soft tissue vibrates which results in you snoring.

Sleep Apnea

"A third of US adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep," says the CDC. Not getting the sleep you need can be linked to many diseases, which is why it's important to contact your Kew Gardens Hills, NY, dentist, Dr. Zev Walter Maybruch.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the upper airway is blocked and significant airflow disruption occurs, complete blockage of airflow may result as well.

Someone suffering from sleep apnea may wake up several times a night. These awakenings are called micro-arousals and prevent deep and restful sleep.

Lack of Sleep

According to the National Sleep Foundation's 2005 Sleep in America poll, approximately 168 million people reported feeling drowsy while driving.

Not getting enough sleep isn't just important for your health, but for the welfare of others. If you're not getting enough sleep and decide to drive your children to school, that may result in you falling asleep at the wheel. This may lead to a serious accident where serious injury and trauma is sustained.

There are many diseases that are linked to a lack of sleep, so make sure you ask your Kew Gardens Hills doctor about how he can help you cope with or treat certain illnesses to improve the quality of your sleep. Dr. Zev Maybruch can outfit you with an oral appliance that you wear while you sleep. This helps reposition the jaw and tongue so that there is no obstruction of the airway while you sleep and decreases the effects of sleep apnea.

Here are a few examples of conditions that affect sleep:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Depression

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your health and would like to know if you are suffering from sleep apnea, then it's a good idea to contact your Kew Gardens Hills, NY, dentist Dr. Zev Walter Maybruch today!