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Dr. Steven Abel

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Mount Kisco, New York, United States
Cosmetic smile makeovers, Invisalign, laser, Implants, Lumineers, Snap on Smiles, DaVinci & Mac Veneers, Cerec, periodontal, headache/TMJ therapy, facial pain, snoring/sleep apnea, high speed braces, sedation. He practices an aggressive approach toward treating chronic gum diseases known to be linked with heart disease, diabetes, and other medical problems. He is known as the "doctor's dentist" because so many physicians choose him as their dentist, seeking his expertise in treating both themselves and their families. Member of the NY, CT and American Dental Associations, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, & the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Abel has become known in Westchester as the leading cosmetic dentist for people who want to have a radiant smile, look younger & feel better about their teeth. With sedation dentistry, even patients who are very fearful can enjoy a great smile, having years of neglect taken care of, often in one visit while they sleep comfortably. For More Information: 103 South Bedford Road Mount Kisco, NY 10549 (914) 241-2242

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snoring and Sleep Apnea: Mount Kisco, NY Dentist Treats Snoring And Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This is how the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine defines Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissue in a person’s throat repeatedly collapses and blocks the airway during sleep. These partial reductions and complete pauses in breathing typically last between 10 and 30 seconds, but can persist for one minute or longer. These pauses can happen hundreds of times a night, leading to abrupt reductions in blood oxygen levels. The brain alerts the body to its lack of oxygen, causing a brief arousal from sleep that restores normal breathing. The result is a fragmented quality of sleep that often leads to excessive daytime sleepiness.

Most people with OSA snore loudly and frequently, with periods of silence when airflow is reduced or blocked. They then make choking, snorting or gasping sounds when their airway reopens.

Since the muscle tone of the body ordinarily relaxes during sleep, and since, at the level of the throat, the human airway is composed of walls of soft tissue, which can collapse, it is easy to understand how breathing can be obstructed during sleep.

The individual with sleep apnea is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening. Sleep apnea is recognized as a problem by others witnessing a scary episode.

Symptoms may be present for years, even decades without identification, during which time the sufferer may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue associated with significant levels of sleep disturbance.

This stoppage in breathing leads to lower oxygen circulating in the body, which leads to a rise in blood pressure, GI Reflux, Type II Diabetes, increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Poor chronic sleeping can lead to supplemental problems like ADHD and significant daytime fatigue. Sudden death has also been attributed to Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Whether treating children early, or treating adults later, we work with your physician, using functional oral appliances to help develop those suffering from snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This is the best way to ensure a healthy long life!

How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Work?

Custom made oral appliances reposition the tongue and lower jaw forward during sleep to maintain an open airway. Dr. Abel has had extensive training in dental sleep medicine, and knows how to select, fabricate, fit, and adjust these devices, which look like mouth guards, to help his patients with snoring and sleep apnea problems breathe freely during sleep.

Who should use an oral appliance?

Oral Appliance Therapy is indicated for mild to moderate OSA patients if they prefer it to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), the standard treatment therapy, cannot tolerate CPAP, or are unable to use positional therapy or weight loss to control their apnea.
Oral appliances are also recommended for severe OSA patients if they cannot tolerate CPAP.

If you or someone you know snores, please call us today at: (914) 241-2242       for a complimentary consultation. Snoring could be Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a potentially life threatening disorder that can easily be treated. You could be saving your own life or the life of someone you know.


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