Sleep Apnea Specialist

Sharde Harvey, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentist

Upper East Dental Innovations

Sharde Harvey, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in The Upper East Side, New York, NY

If you’re one of the 22 million Americans suffering from sleep apnea, you’re at a higher risk of severe heart-related health disorders like high blood pressure, arrhythmias, and heart attack. As a leader in dental innovations, Sharde Harvey, DDS at Upper East Dental Innovations is one of the few dentists in New York City on the Upper East Side who offers sleep apnea solutions to the Manhattan community. To find solutions that improve your sleep and overall health, call Upper East Dental Innovations or schedule an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

When you have sleep apnea, your breathing starts and stops for at least 10 seconds while you’re sleeping. These episodes where breathing stops are called apneas and cause the oxygen levels in your blood to drop.

You can have as few as five apneas to as many as 100 in an hour. Five or more apneas are abnormal while anything over 30 is severe.

There are three types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive: narrowing or blockages in the throat, mouth, or nose disrupt breathing
  • Central: brain signals to breathe don’t reach the muscles controlling breathing
  • Mixed: a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common in Americans. It’s often caused by being overweight, nasal congestion, and narrowed airways.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Common sleep apnea symptoms include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Tossing and turning during sleep
  • Waking up frequently during the night
  • Feeling irritated, unfocused, and unrested
  • Having a headache or dry throat upon waking

It’s also common for sleep apnea to disrupt others sleeping near you.

What are the risks of sleep apnea?

The disrupted flow of oxygen to your body caused by frequent sleep apneas can lead to several health complications, including:

  • Certain cancers
  • Obesity and diabetes
  • High blood pressure and stroke
  • Driving or work-related accidents
  • Cognitive and behavioral disorders
  • Heart attack, heart failure, and arrhythmias

Sleep apnea is typically diagnosed through a sleep study and requires long-term management.

How do dentists treat sleep apnea?

Dr. Harvey and her team at Upper East Dental Innovations use dental sleep medicine to treat obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.

Common treatments at Upper East Dental Innovations for sleep apnea include lifestyle changes, surgery, and breathing devices like CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines.

Oral appliance therapy involves wearing a custom-made oral device while you sleep. Similar to a mouthguard or orthodontic retainer, this therapy supports your jaw in a forward position to prevent your airway from collapsing.

Unlike CPAP machines, custom-made oral appliances are quiet, comfortable, and portable. Not only are these devices highly successful when used for sleep apnea treatment, but they also reduce snoring in adults.

To learn more about sleep apnea and snoring treatments offered at Upper East Dental Innovations, call or schedule an appointment online.