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Snoring & Sleep Apnea Croton On Hudson, NY

american sleep dentist westchester county nyDr. Bard Levey provides comprehensive dentistry in Croton On Hudson, offering individualized care to help patients enjoy not only a healthy smile, but overall physical well being for the best possible quality of life. He works with patients to diagnose and treat a range of concerns related to dental health, including snoring and sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dr. Levey is a credentialed dentist with American Sleep Dentistry (ASD). Dr. Levey will coordinate care with your general physician, who will conduct a diagnostic sleep study if necessary to determine if your snoring is a result of OSA. Although there are several risk factors for OSA, it is more prevalent among male patients. As an accredited ASD dentist, Dr. Levey will submit your insurance claim to your health insurance provider or Medicare- you are only responsible for your copay.

OSA can be a serious health issue, especially for those who have existing cardiovascular or systemic disease, such as diabetes. OSA can significantly raise the risk for stroke and heart attack if left untreated. Although there are several risk factors for OSA, it is more prevalent among male patients.

Common Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being a smoker
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having a large neck circumference
  • Chronic nasal congestion

Schedule An Appointment

If you or a loved one have been suffering with snoring, poor sleep or consider yourself at risk for sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with Dr. Levey. Our Croton On Hudson dentist office is convenient for many Westchester County, NY communities. Call our office at (914) 303-6884 or use our online request form and we will contact you shortly.

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Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Although snoring can have a variety of underlying causes, determining the cause of your snoring is important to avoid the potential health risks associated with OSA. In patients with OSA, the soft tissues at the back of the mouth collapse and momentarily prevent natural breathing, often resuming with a loud snore. This occurs repeatedly during sleep and can put patients at risk of stroke, heart attack and other overall health concerns if untreated.

OSA can have a detrimental affect on daily quality of life, but successful treatment can reduce health risks and restore a better night of sleep.

  • Feeling groggy or sleepy during the day
  • Dry mouth in the morning
  • Snoring
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restless sleep, sudden waking

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

The CPAP is considered the “gold standard” of treatment for OSA, but the discomfort and inconvenience associated with the machine often leads to non compliance among patients. This can lead to a resurgence of symptoms and health risks.

Dr. Levey provides an alternative to the CPAP with oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea in patients with mild to moderate OSA. Oral appliance therapy uses a comfortable, custom fit mouthguard that will reposition the jaw to avoid the collapse of soft tissue at the back of the throat that is characteristic of OSA.

Oral appliance therapy is usually well tolerated by most patients and offers key benefits that significantly improve compliance:

  • Patients can drink fluids and speak clearly while wearing the appliance
  • Portability- your appliance fits into a small plastic case for travel
  • More comfortable when sleeping than the CPAP machine, allowing freedom of movement while asleep
Is the oral appliance custom fitted?

Yes, Dr. Levey will take impressions of your mouth to be used in creating your custom sleep appliance.

Can I breathe through my mouth with the appliance in place- is it comfortable?

Yes, there is a small opening at the front of the appliance making it easy and comfortable to breathe through the mouth. Oral appliance therapy has been preferred in 80% of patients due to comfort and convenience, especially when compared to alternatives like the CPAP.

Does the oral appliance reduce or eliminate sleep apnea?

Yes, oral appliance therapy has been clinically shown to reduce or eliminate sleep apnea in 80% of users. Dr. Levey will continue to monitor your progress and can coordinate any additional care with your general physician if necessary.

If I order an oral appliance, will Medicare or my insurance company continue to cover my CPAP expenses?

Yes, to date there have been no problems with maintaining coverage for CPAP supplies after ordering an oral appliance.

What is my cost when ordering a sleep appliance?

Because you are working with an ASD credentialed dentist and your sleep appliance is FDA approved, the only cost you will have is your copay. Our office will work with you to confirm your insurance coverage prior to treatment, including Medicare.