Am I Eligible for Sleep Medicine?

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Am I Eligible for Sleep Medicine?

When you think about oral health, you probably think about teeth cleanings, cavity prevention, and the importance of a bright, confident smile. However, your oral health impacts your overall health, and highly trained dental professionals provide a bridge between the two areas.

At Prestige 5th Avenue Dental, our scope extends beyond traditional dentistry boundaries. One of the most important yet overlooked aspects of oral health is sleep medicine, a subspecialty gaining recognition for its significant role in overall health.

Here, Dr. Yelena Simkha explains the connection between oral health, sleep quality, and overall health and how we can address problems with sleep medicine.

Why dentists are best suited to help with sleep problems

Sleep problems are complex and involve multiple issues throughout your body, including neurological disorders, mental health disorders, and physical injuries. While some sleep disorders call for physicians who specialize in these areas, others fall into the realm of oral health issues, where dentists excel.

Dr. Simkha has extensive training in the structures and functions of the oral cavity, which plays a crucial role in many sleep disorders. For instance, obstructive sleep apnea — a common and serious sleep disorder — is often caused by blockages in the airway, many of which occur at the level of the throat and mouth. Dr. Simkha’s intimate knowledge of these areas enables her to detect potential problems others might overlook. 

  • Sleep medicine is an area of dental practice that focuses on diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and snoring. These conditions are more than mere annoyances; they can lead to severe health complications if left untreated. 

The iSleep® Program

  • To ensure we provide the best care possible, we collaborate with the leading sleep diagnostic facility in New York: the iSleep Program, a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating sleep disorders. 
  • This program uses advanced technology to detect sleep-related problems and create personalized treatment plans. The hotel-like atmosphere makes you feel comfortable and safe, and the highly trained medical professionals on staff get to the bottom of your sleep issues.

Once settled, you wear a small device while you sleep, which records essential data about your sleep patterns. We then analyze this data to identify any irregularities and potential issues. When we have a clear picture of your sleep health, we work with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Am I eligible for sleep medicine?

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be eligible for sleep medicine: 

  • Regularly feeling tired during the day 
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
  • Waking up with headaches 
  • Snoring loudly or gasping for air during sleep
  • Insomnia or difficulty staying asleep

These symptoms may seem common, but they can indicate a deeper issue that needs attention.

The impact of sleep interruptions

Sleep interruptions do more than leave you feeling groggy. They can affect your mental, physical, and oral health. Poor sleep can lead to mood swings, memory issues, weakened immunity, and an increased risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. It can also exacerbate oral health issues, leading to bruxism (teeth grinding) and dry mouth.

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, call Prestige 5th Avenue Dental to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sumkha. With the correct diagnosis and treatment, you can improve your sleep quality and, by extension, your overall health and well-being. You can book online or call us in New York, New York.