Justice Scalia and Tony Soprano

What do shoveling snow and sleep have in common?

More than you might think.

Sleep should not be as stressful as shoveling snow. Yet, for millions of Americans it is. That’s because they suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition, which prevents enough oxygen from being breathed in, affects all the body’s systems…most importantly, the brain and the heart.

Justice Scalia and James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) died in their sleep. And, while James died at 52, even at 79, OSA could have contributed to Justice Scalia’s untimely demise too.

The stress on one’s heart (and other systems) from sleep apnea cannot be underestimated. It’s a reason we’re always asking people about their sleep. And, we often see signs of OSA in the mouth. 

Sleep disturbances showing up in the mouth?

You bet. Chipped, loosened teeth and erosion are just some of the signs of sleep disordered breathing (SDB), of which Obstructive Sleep Apnea is just one type. The mouth, which plays a part in breathing because of the tongue’s positioning, might be the first place the sign of sleep issues manifest.

People who have SDB and OSA often also have acid reflux. That’s because the pressure built up in the chest sucks up acid into the throat and the mouth. This can result in an acid environment in the mouth, which can cause teeth to erode (dissolve).

I want to raise awareness of this life-threatening health issue.  You can easily test yourself, in the comfort of your own bed, with a home sleep study.  My colleague, Dr. Gelb and his staff will happily help you with such a study.  I recently took one and found out that I’m just fine. It was simple and now I can sleep even sounder.

If you’d like more information, please call the office and we’ll happily arrange foryou to have a home sleep study. You’ll get a report as well that you can discuss with your physician. We can also discuss strategies to help you and your spouse sleep better.

To everyone’s good health, wellness and sound sleep,

Michael

P.S. During the months of February and March, your home sleep study will cost only $125 (1/2 off the regular cost). Please call the office 212-928-1000 to  make arrangements