Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 at 6:10 pm
The team at Silent Night Therapy understands the safety concerns that our patients and prospective patients have regarding the spread of COVID-19, and in response, we are pleased to offer virtual sleep consultations and remote sleep testing through SNAP Diagnostics Dropship.
First, you will need to call us to set up a virtual consultation. Since it is not in the best interest of our community’s safety to meet in person, we will now be conducting sleep consultations through Facebook, Google Duo, and FaceTime. During your virtual appointment, your sleep specialist will explain how the in-home sleep study through Dropship will work. They will also discuss the symptoms of sleep apnea and ask what symptoms you are experiencing, then discuss goals and a potential treatment plan.
SNAP Diagnostics’ home delivery service, called Dropship, will deliver a sanitized testing kit to your home so you can conduct an in-home sleep study without needing to come into our lab. Simply follow the instructions and return your testing kit to SNAP Diagnostics, who will review your test and send us the results.
How Your In-Home Sleep Study Will Work
You will receive your in-home sleep study testing kit via delivery by SNAP Diagnostics’ delivery service, Dropship. An in-home study will use a belt, an oximeter probe, and an oral-nasal cannula, as opposed to a greater number of measuring tools used in a lab study. You simply go through your normal nightly routine and attach the equipment to yourself right before you go to sleep.
Because you are doing the study in the comfort of your own home, it will be easier to fall asleep and might yield more accurate results, since your sleep is more disrupted in a lab. Home studies are typically just as accurate as lab studies but are much more convenient and comfortable for the person being tested.
Contact the Team at Silent Night Therapy
We are committed to providing you the same level of service that you have always expected and are proud to offer our help through web consultations. If you have questions about sleep studies or suspect you might have sleep apnea, contact the team at Silent Night Therapy. You deserve a good night’s sleep, and we’ll be here to find the solution that will help you get it. Schedule your virtual consultation with us by calling (631) 983-2463 or by filling out a contact form today.
Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 4:09 pm
The word apnea comes from Ancient Greek and means “absence of breathing.” It is more commonly defined as a temporary cessation of breathing, usually during sleep.
Sleep apnea can be a serious sleep disorder that commonly causes snoring. Not all sleep apnea cases involve snoring though.
Certain types of people can be more susceptible to sleep apnea depending on their anatomy or living conditions. In some cases, sleep apnea may be overcome through simple lifestyle changes but other cases may require medical devices or surgery.
The Different Types of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea generally comes in three different forms. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which involves blockage of a person’s airway.
Central sleep apnea, on the other hand, involves a person’s brain not sending the right signals to muscles that regulate breathing. Complex sleep apnea syndrome involves a person who has both OSA and central sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can affect people of all ages, including children. People may be more likely to suffer from sleep apnea if they are male, overweight, or over 40 years of age. Other possible causes might include people simply having large necks, tonsils, or tongues, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or family histories of sleep apnea.
Possible Signs of Sleep Apnea
Most people exhibit one or more signs that they are suffering from sleep apnea. Certain symptoms are easier to identify than others.
In general, some of the most common signs of sleep apnea include, but are not limited to:
- Snoring — Undoubtedly the most common sign of a sleep apnea problem is loud and chronic snoring. Unfortunately for many people suffering from sleep apnea, they may be completely unaware of how much (or how loudly) they are snoring at night. It is often a spouse or romantic partner who shares a bed with a person with sleep apnea that has to make them aware of the snoring problem.
- Breaks or Pauses in Breathing — People suffering from OSA may have their brains awaken suddenly when respiratory systems need to begin working properly again after airflow becomes obstructed. While the brain may waken, the actual person may still stay asleep through these episodes.
- Constant Drowsiness — If a person struggles to rise in the morning, feels tired during the day, or suffers from a general lack of energy, these could all be factors of sleep lost at night because of issues caused by sleep apnea.
- Headaches— Lack of proper oxygen to the brain because of sleep apnea often causes people to suffer headaches when they awake in the morning.
- High Blood Pressure — A person’s blood pressure can spike during certain sleep apnea events as the brain tries to regulate blood vessels. Blood pressure issues can continue to persist during the day even when the individual is breathing normally.
- Obesity Issues — With overweight people, fatty tissues that build up in the neck or throat can cause sleep apnea issues.
Some people wake up gasping for air while others have difficulty falling asleep. When a person is exhibiting any symptoms of sleep apnea, it is usually in their best interest to speak to a medical professional about the signs they have noticed.]
Silent Night Therapy understands the effects that sleep issues can have on individuals. We understand the steps that can be taken to help resolve sleep apnea issues. Call (631) 983-2463 or contact us online to have our team help you understand all of your possible improved sleep options.
Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 at 3:49 pm
Did you know that the amount and quality of your sleep could help you prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease? The connection between not getting enough sleep and developing Alzheimer’s disease has been noted by researchers across the country and is gaining traction as scientists make headway into understanding the brain chemistry associated with Alzheimer’s.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease is a serious condition that worsens over time and causes the loss of memory and other bodily functions. Approximately 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. This statistic means that one in nine Americans aged 65 and older are afflicted with this debilitating disease.
Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s:
Some of the main signs that you or a loved one may be developing Alzheimer’s include:
- Memory loss that interferes with your daily life
- Diminished vocabulary in speaking or writing
- Decreased ability to solve problems or make plans
- Greater tendency to misplace things
- Increased trouble keeping track of time and space
- Greater difficulty in distinguishing spatial information and visual images
- Decreased ability to complete ordinary tasks
- Questionable judgment
- Antisocial behavior such as withdrawal from people or hobbies
- Drastic changes in personality
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in America, and according to the Alzheimer’s Association, about 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 also suffer from early-onset Alzheimer’s, making these warning signs even more important to understand.
Amid this grim news of such a devastating disease, there is hope in recent research that has made breakthroughs in understanding Alzheimer’s and how to possibly prevent it. One of the easiest but perhaps most important steps you can take is by consistently getting a good night’s sleep.
How Sleep Is Linked to Alzheimer’s
In studying the brains of those with Alzheimer’s, researchers discovered that the singular distinction in those brains was greater amounts of plaque and neurofibrillary tangles. A substance called beta-amyloid creates this plaque, so a goal for many researchers has been to figure out how to reduce beta-amyloid in the brain. According to Dr. Holtzman of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, sleep deprivation increases a person’s risk of getting Alzheimer’s because the brain has higher levels of beta-amyloid when it is awake. To reduce the levels of beta-amyloid in your brain and thereby lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, you should be sure to get enough sleep on a regular basis. When the brain is asleep, it has lower levels of beta-amyloid in the brain. An increase in amyloid is shown to lead to more plaque in the brain that is associated with Alzheimer’s.
At Silent Night Therapy, our dedicated team of sleep experts can help you address any issues you may have that are preventing you from the good night’s rest you deserve. In our hectic society of ever-present technology, sleep can be more elusive than ever. Thanks to recent research, though, we know that sleep is not a luxury but a necessity for optimum health. Call us today at (631) 983-2463 to start getting the sleep your body needs for a long and healthy life.
Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at 2:08 pm
Sleep apnea is a common but serious disorder which causes your breathing to start and stop during the night. Beyond just annoying your bed partner with your loud snoring, your sleep is rarely restful, leaving you exhausted during the day, which can have far-reaching consequences for your career and your personal life. Additionally, sleep apnea can damage your health, leading to weight gain, depression, diabetes, heart disease, and liver problems.
With so many negative consequences of sleep apnea, we want to know whether or not we have it. The biggest problem here is that the main symptoms of sleep apnea happen while you’re asleep, so it’s difficult to know if you’re exhibiting those symptoms. While you can ask your bed partner to monitor you, they will likely fall asleep eventually and need their rest, as well. Recording audio while you sleep is a better choice, but sifting through eight hours of audio can be a pain.
Instead, you can download an audio recording app like this one that only starts recording when it hears sounds. That way, the audio you have to listen to will be limited to just the important parts.
Once you have your recordings, start listening for:
- Exceptionally loud snoring for most of the night, every night
- Pauses in breathing
- Choking or gasping sounds
Since these are the main symptoms of starting and stopping breathing during the night, if you find them in your audio, you may have sleep apnea.
In addition to these symptoms you will only notice if you record yourself sleeping, you can also start tracking how often you experience the following:
- Frequently using the bathroom during the night
- Waking up out of breath
- Restless sleep
These are also symptoms of sleep apnea. If you experience any of these, in addition to some or all of the symptoms found in your audio recordings, you may very likely have sleep apnea. Because sleep apnea is a very serious disorder, you should contact a doctor as soon as possible.
At Silent Night Therapy, we are committed to helping you get the best sleep of your life. Our oral sleep appliance team is dedicated to helping people who suffer from sleep apnea. To learn more about what we can do for you, contact our New York offices today by calling (631) 983-2463.
Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2018 at 8:41 pm
It’s an old stereotype that the older we get, the more we snore. Watch cartoons and kids’ movies, and you’ll find the grandmother or grandfather, if they’re ever sleeping, will undoubtedly be snoring. This stereotype may be masking a very serious issue that has profound implications for the quality of life for all of us as we get older.
The reason for this is because of sleep apnea. While not all snoring is due to sleep apnea, it is perhaps the most obvious sign. If you or someone you love is suffering from sleep apnea, you may be risking your health.
Research has proven that age leads to an increase in sleep apnea. This is because the muscle tone in our nose and throat, which provide the airway to our lungs, gets weaker as we get older. This weakening is particularly prominent in women because menopause severely reduces the estrogen and progesterone in their bodies, which leads to significant loss of muscle tone.
Sleep apnea is actually a very serious condition. This is because of what sleep apnea actually does to the body. It temporarily reduces or cuts off the airflow to the lungs, reducing the amount of oxygen in the blood. It can lead to individuals waking up entirely or partly throughout the night.
That’s just the beginning. Sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure and diabetes, and may lead to heart attacks and strokes, which, of course, can be deadly. Almost as concerning, sleep apnea has been tied to an increased risk of dementia.
However, the risks of sleep apnea may go beyond these serious risks. Sleep apnea can be responsible for insomnia, tiredness, heartburn, teeth grinding, anxiety, depression, and increased cognitive difficulties. In other words, sleep apnea may be what makes you feel old when you might otherwise be feeling younger and vivacious.
Of course, all of these symptoms can arise independent of sleep apnea, making it hard to catch, particularly for those who don’t sleep with someone else who might notice a change in their sleeping patterns.
If you suspect you might be suffering from sleep apnea, information like this might feel more frustrating than relieving. However, the good news is that recent research has made it easier than ever to treat sleep apnea successfully. Some treatments may include simply improving overall health (such as weight loss or treating allergies), while others will involve the assistance of sleep specialists. This may include the use of devices that keep your airways open, positional therapy to make sure you sleep in a way conducive to open airways, or CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy.
The sleep experts at Silent Night Therapy can provide you with the assistance and the devices you need to help prevent the health issues you might otherwise experience due to sleep apnea. Call us today at (631) 983-2463, and we can set up an appointment to start treating your sleep apnea immediately so that you can return to the youthful, energetic, person you still are inside.
Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 2:04 am
People who suffer from sleep apnea know all too well how it can impact one’s life. They often wake up feeling tired and as if they did not get enough rest. Many don’t realize just how dangerous this is, however. Studies show that sleep impact can have severe consequences if it goes untreated.
As you drift off to sleep, your throat muscles relax. When this happens, your airway becomes obstructed, and you can stop breathing several if not hundreds of times per night. When this happens, it starves the body and most importantly the brain of oxygen. If you are a loud snorer or wake from a typical night’s sleep feeling exhausted, you may have sleep apnea. Unfortunately, a lifetime of sleep apnea could lead to brain damage.
How can sleep apnea cause brain damage?
Brain damage is any trauma that impairs the brain’s ability to function in the short term, or in severe cases, long-term. If your airway gets obstructed or closes entirely, air cannot reach your lungs, inhibiting oxygen from reaching your body and therefore your brain. Our bodies and brains depend on oxygen to stay alive, and without it, our brain cells become damaged or even die.
With sleep apnea, the lack of oxygen causes our heart rate to slow down and decreases blood and oxygen flow. When we finally take another breath, our heart begins to race to push oxygen to the rest of our organs only to be cut off as the airway again closes. This continuous speeding up and slowing down of the heart is like a nightly marathon for your body without the oxygen available to support it. At this point, cells begin to become damaged and die, causing brain damage.
What else does sleep apnea affect?
Along with affecting our oxygen levels, sleep apnea also affects the chemical levels in our brain. Glutamate—one of the brain’s chemicals used to keep humans calm—increases as the heart races to push blood to the organs during the ebb and flow of oxygen caused by sleep apnea. This can cause toxic reactions and damage to your nervous system.
The white matter parts of your brain help control mood and memory. When oxygen is in short supply, these white matter sections of your brain get damaged and can lead to memory, mood, and emotional problems.
Memory loss and dementia can also be side effects of sleep apnea. Along with the issues mentioned above, a nightly lack of oxygen can make it difficult for the brain to convert short-term memory into long-term memory. Over time, this level of oxygen deprivation can lead to brain cell loss, atrophy, and even dementia.
According to Jessica Kepplinger, who led a Dresden University study, nearly every patient that was the victim of a stroke had sleep apnea. In fact, only nine percent of stroke patients evaluated did NOT have sleep apnea.
How Silent Night Therapy Can Help You
Silent Night Therapy offers multiple devices to help return a restful night’s sleep and long overdue peace of mind. Our office provides several unique oral appliances to aid in your sleep apnea. We treat each patient as an individual and have no problem helping patients with dentures or missing teeth. To find out how we can help you get a better, healthier night’s sleep, contact our knowledgeable team at (631) 983-2463 today.
Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 at 1:24 am
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that does not receive enough attention. If left untreated, individuals with sleep apnea can slowly starve their bodies of enough oxygen, leading to high blood pressure, heart failure, and even a stroke. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be dealing with sleep apnea, there are some symptoms and risks you should know about.
Age – Sleep apnea can affect patients of all ages, including children. The number one sign of sleep apnea is snoring, so it’s important to talk to your child’s pediatrician if your child snores as they sleep. It is important to know that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. However, if there are long pauses between breaths, followed by choking and gasping sounds, then the snoring is likely a symptom of sleep apnea. Pay careful attention during waking hours to identify possible symptoms of sleep deprivation. When you wake up, do you feel tired or have trouble concentrating? This may be a sign of sleep deprivation caused by sleep apnea. On the other hand, if you feel rejuvenated after a good night’s sleep, then snoring is probably not a cause for concern.
Weight – Being overweight dramatically increases your risk of developing sleep apnea, but it is not always a factor. Some patients who are a normal weight or even slightly overweight can also suffer from sleep apnea. The structure of the face and the anatomy of the neck both play a role in contributing to a person’s risk of having sleep apnea. Large tonsils, small jaws, overbites, and large necks can contribute to having sleep apnea, therefore preventing a patient’s body from getting a healthy flow of oxygen throughout the night.
Sounds – Snoring is not always present in people with sleep apnea, and not snoring at night may give you a false sense of security. Experts predict that nearly 20 percent of patients suffering from sleep apnea do not snore while they sleep. Sleep apnea is already difficult to recognize on your own, and the most convincing proof is when someone else witnesses your unusual sleeping behavior. Sleep apnea occurs when regular breathing patterns are disrupted during sleep. The patient will pause for long periods of time and then suddenly and desperately gasp for air. Oftentimes, the person will wake up with a headache, a dry mouth, or a sore throat. All of these are considered symptoms of sleep apnea and should be treated by a medical professional.
Gender – Sleep apnea is more prominent in men than women, but many women also suffer from this condition. Because people associate the condition more often with men, women often go undiagnosed for longer. Some women may feel embarrassed to discuss snoring with their primary physician, or it may not be as noticeable to your partner. Women who have experienced menopause are at a higher risk of having sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can create disturbances throughout your day like mood swings, feelings of depression, and fatigue. If you feel as though your days get off to a rough start, you should strongly consider talking to your doctor about sleep apnea. Your body deserves and needs to get solid sleep so you can feel better during the day and night.
If you are struggling to sleep and are wondering if you might be suffering from sleep apnea, the professionals at Silent Night Therapy can help. Contact us at (631) 983-2463 to schedule a free sleep apnea consultation with Dr. Brown and our team today.
Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017 at 3:52 am
Nearly 60 million people across the United States have been diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Of that staggering number of people, a full 80% of them report that their symptoms get worse at night, to the point where they may even wake up at night due to discomfort from this chronic form of acid reflux. GERD has been shown to have a noticeable impact on a person’s sleep, including extreme symptoms of heartburn, aspirating of stomach acid during sleep, and even obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
It actually is no surprise that so many people report that their symptoms are worse when they sleep. When individuals are awake, they are likely standing and sitting upright in a position that keeps the gastric acid in the stomach, but when they are lying down for sleep, the stomach acids may flow back up into the esophagus, wearing away at the sensitive lining. Over time, this damage to the esophagus may cause severe pain and even more serious side effects, including esophageal cancer.
In addition to problems with your esophagus, obstructive sleep apnea is a serious concern for many GERD sufferers. Pressure changes in the airways during sleep can cause reflux, and some believe that the reflux may cause vocal cord spasms that result in OSA. Scientists warn that OSA is a sleep disorder that should be taken seriously because the person’s breathing may start and stop frequently during sleep. If you believe you may suffer from OSA caused by GERD, you should seek help from a medical professional immediately. Some common symptoms of OSA include:
- Excessive snoring
- Waking up from sleep choking or gasping
- Noticeable breathing cessation during sleep
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
- Daytime drowsiness
- Lack of energy
- Headaches during the day
- High blood pressure
- Night sweats
- Decreased libido
While not all of these symptoms are a sure sign of OSA, if you are suffering from symptoms like this, you should consult a doctor immediately to discuss treatment options. There are treatment options available to you, and you may find that they can improve your sleep and may just save your life.
Dr. Clifford Brown and our experienced OSA team have committed their careers to helping people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea just like you. He is trained in Oral Appliance Therapy and Dental Sleep Medicine and is a member of The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and The Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorder Disciplines. With this type of experience on your side, there is no wonder why so many people have turned to our knowledgeable and compassionate team for help getting a better, healthier night’s sleep. If you believe that you may be suffering from OSA, don’t wait another night to contact us and get the help you need. Schedule an appointment with us at (631) 983-2463 today.
Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 1:15 am
Most people understand that driving while tired is not a good plan. You have slower reaction times, reduced attention span, and, if you actually fall asleep at the wheel, your chances of crashing become exceedingly high. However, among all the other forms of distracted or reckless driving behaviors, drowsy driving is one of the least discussed and prevented. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 168 million people admit to driving while drowsy and 103 million people admit to falling asleep at the wheel. Police reports estimate that 100,000 car accidents are caused by drowsy drivers each year. These statistics are shocking and indicate a serious problem across the country that is very difficult to address. Even if you try to get an adequate amount of sleep each night so that you can drive well-rested the next day, this effort may not be enough if you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The OSA team at Silent Night Therapy understands the damaging effects that obstructive sleep apnea can have on your life. That is why they are dedicated to diagnosing and treating individuals in the New York area, who struggle with sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. They are ready to help you get a better night’s sleep so that you can stay safe while driving and increase your overall quality of life.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
When you are suffering from OSA, you are unable to get a restful night’s sleep due to disordered breathing. This condition causes your breathing to become shallow or even stop while you are asleep, and may occur multiple times throughout the night. OSA does not only disrupt your sleep but if left untreated it can prevent oxygen from reaching your organs or cause an irregular heartbeat. Typically, those suffering from OSA do not remember their irregular breathing but suffer from symptoms such as:
- Extreme fatigue
- Restless sleeping
- Dry mouth when you wake up
- Trouble concentrating
OSA may make it difficult for you to complete daily tasks, such as driving, because you are unable to sleep enough or sleep well each night. If you are unaware that you have sleep apnea, it is more likely that you are driving drowsy and may fall asleep at the wheel. This puts both you and your loved ones at risk while you are on the road.
If you or a loved or believe you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, a consultation with a sleep therapist can help. Dr. Clifford Brown at Silent Night Therapy is prepared to help you understand and treat sleep disordered breathing. He specializes in dental sleep medicine and oral appliance therapy and is ready to find the right solution for you. To learn more about OSA or to set up an appointment, call Silent Night Therapy at (631) 983-2463, today.
Posted on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 9:38 pm
Why You Shouldn’t Try Treating Your Sleep Apnea Yourself
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can have lasting side effects if left untreated. If you have sleep apnea, your breathing may stop completely for short periods during the night. This stoppage can be disastrous because without the proper amount of oxygen reaching your brain and blood stream, parts of your body can experience immense stress and consequently develop harmful conditions, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, and a shortened lifespan.
Some people choose not to see a medical professional about their sleep apnea and decide instead to try treating their condition on their own. While some lifestyle changes can help improve your sleep apnea, failure to see a sleep therapist can aggravate your condition and lead to serious consequences. The following are three reasons why you should not try to treat your sleep apnea on your own.
Misdiagnosing the Cause
Losing weight and cutting down on alcohol consumption are common starting points for treating sleep apnea, and you will most likely find these changes recommended on almost any page about sleep apnea. While these can be helpful in treating your sleep apnea, they can also be completely unrelated to your condition. Dental alignment, the anatomy of your throat, stress, and sleeping position can all be contributing to your sleep apnea, and these factors will not necessarily change along with your diet. A sleep specialist has handled many cases like yours and will able to identify the cause of your sleep apnea quickly and effectively in order to provide the proper treatment.
Treatments That Waste Your Time
Small changes in your lifestyle can have a big impact on your sleeping condition, but over-the-counter products that promise to fix all your sleeping problems instantly will generally not help you. Sleeping medications and similar products can actually aggravate your sleep apnea and make it worse. A generic product from the drug store cannot address your specific problems, but a qualified sleep specialist will work with you to design the perfect treatment for your sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea is Serious
Sleep apnea has many serious consequences, but with the proper treatment, you can turn the clock back on your condition and stop the development of harmful conditions. While you spend your time on alternative self-administered methods that don’t actually treat your sleep apnea, your condition is worsening. It is important to visit a skilled sleep therapy specialist as soon as possible in order to prevent potential health problems from developing.
Contact a Sleep Specialist at Silent Night Therapy
At Silent Night Therapy, we will meet with you and listen to your needs to develop the proper action for you. With the correct treatment, you will experience comfortable sleep while also treating your sleep apnea. You will be amazed at the results of your treatment, so please don’t hesitate to contact our offices at (631) 983-2463 to schedule an appointment.