New York, NY – According to Dr. Marianna Farber, many of her patients at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry who are diagnosed with sleep apnea were unaware of how much this common condition can impact their daily lives. Since the symptoms are not obviously connected to the quality of sleep, her patients are often surprised they are suffering from sleep apnea. Dr. Farber notes that frequently a partner or family member identifies the symptoms of sleep apnea before the patient.
“Sleep apnea is typically characterized as brief interruptions of breathing during sleep,” says Dr. Farber. Loud snoring and waking up gasping for air are common signs of sleep apnea and may signal more severe health risks. For some patients, these interruptions in breathing last for a few seconds while others can experience pauses in breath for up to ten seconds or more. As a result, Dr. Farber highlights that the brain is unable to receive a healthy amount of oxygen, which can cause symptoms including: headaches, memory loss, insomnia, weight gain, depression, high blood pressure, and more dangerous health concerns. “When left untreated, sleep apnea can also lead to serious health concerns, such as heart disease, stroke, or even sudden cardiac death,” says the cosmetic dentist in Manhattan.
At Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry, Dr. Farber offers a number of treatment options for patients suffering from sleep apnea. The first step to eliminating the symptoms of sleep apnea is to receive an official diagnosis and undergo a sleep study. Prompt treatment can be essential for maintaining good health and preventing serious health risks. According to Dr. Farber, “In instances of mild sleep apnea, small changes such as losing excess weight, quitting smoking, or taking allergy medication may help alleviate the symptoms.”
However, most of Dr. Farber’s patients benefit from a custom oral appliance that can be worn at night to keep the airways open and clear. In severe cases of sleep apnea, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine can help ensure that the brain receives the proper amount of oxygen during the night. Dr. Farber emphasizes the importance of consulting a doctor and finding the best solution for each patient’s needs, saying: “Once you find a suitable treatment, you can once again get a good night’s rest and improve your overall quality of life.”
About Marianna Farber, DDS
Dr. Farber earned her dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry and went on to train in a residency at the St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. At Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry, her private practice, she offers a wide variety of restorative and cosmetic dentistry solutions. In addition to completing continuing education to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry, Dr. Farber is an active member of the American Dental Association, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is available for interview upon request.
To learn more about Dr. Farber and her practice, please visit mymidtowndentist.com.
Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry
115 E 57th St Ste 1520
New York, NY 10022