Sleep Apnea Treatment

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Dr. Starkman has been practicing dental sleep medicine since 2009.  He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders, the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, and the Third District Dental Association. Dr. Starkman is dedicated to helping his patients get a good night’s sleep and lead healthier lives.

Poor Sleep Can Lead to Serious Health Problems.

Good sleep and good health are important. Dental Sleep Medicine of the Hudson Valley can provide you with a dental appliance that can improve your snoring and sleep apnea condition.

Our appliance is custom fitted to your mouth, similar to a retainer, and is easy to wear.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Many people snore when their airway becomes partially obstructed by the tongue or esophageal tissues during sleep. But if this blockage worsens enough to interrupt your breathing and cause a momentary arousal from sleep, you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Since it occurs during sleep, however, OSA often goes undetected, even though OSA sufferers may be awakened dozens of times throughout the night.

OSA is estimated to affect 22 million Americans. Some signs include daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, trouble concentrating, irritability, mood swings or personality changes, waking up frequently to urinate, and dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up.

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C-PAP Alternative

Typically, patients diagnosed with OSA are prescribed a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device and facemask to wear while sleeping. While CPAP has been proven effective, many struggle to use the device regularly due to side effects that can range from mask discomfort to nasal congestion, irritation and headache. Patients who seek treatment now have a choice and are no longer limited to wearing a CPAP and mask while sleeping. Dentists are the ideal practitioners for treating snoring and sleep apnea. A large percentage of people do not know who their primary care physician is, while dentists see patients up to two times a year. Additionally, dentists are very familiar with the head, neck and airway and the concept of advancing the jaw forward to keep the airway open to prevent snoring.

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I sleep, I smile!  I was impressed the first time I walked into the office. What a beautiful and welcoming space. It is clean, the staff friendly, and they provide complementary coffee or tea. Dr. Starkman is kind, patient, helpful and will take the time to answer all of your questions. I was there to be fitted for an oral sleep appliance and I can't wait to try it out. I'm trusting it will improve my quality of life as I suffer from sleep apnea. I would recommend Dr. Starkman to anyone! He's the best!

— Vicky E. Catskill, NY

The first night I used the oral appliance I slept better than I have in 2 years. I had tried the CPAP machine, but it was more diffucult to get to sleep and throughout the night I would wake up every 45 minutes. With the oral appliance I was able to get to sleep more rapidly and I can't remember when I have slept so well - it was a sound sleep.

— RM - Kinderhook, NY