Snoring and Sleep Apnea

It is very common for people to grind their teeth at night, especially in New York City. Some studies have suggested that air-way obstruction and stomach acid could play a role in nightly tooth grinding. If you’re not sure whether you are grinding your teeth at night, ask a family member. During our initial exam, wear patterns on your teeth are documented and monitored to track the severity of nocturnal tooth grinding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Do nightguards work?

Yes, they absolutely work. My patients even report a better quality of sleep when a nightguard is worn.

Do I need a nightguard if I grind my teeth?

Depends. There are many types of nightguards that do different things. Some are designed to alleviate grinding specifically. Other types alleviate pain due to clenching. While another design treats pain. Which nightguard is right for you can be determined with a  consultation.

What is the difference between an over the counter snoring guard and a custom made one?

The over-the counter nightguards simply prop your mouth open during sleep and open your air-way very little compared to a custom made one. It is important to know whether you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea has been linked to stroke, heart-disease, memory loss as well as poor quality of sleep. If you do snore, it is important to know whether snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea. Thus an over-the counter guard could be masking a dangerous symptom.