Can a Dental Appliance Reduce Sleep Apnea and Snoring? Dr. Michael Korchak Weighs In

Dr. Michael Krochak

February 9, 2021

Dr. Michael Krochak on the value of a smile

Sleep Apnea affects over 25 million Americans, with an estimated 10 million more unreported cases. Additionally, according to the CDC, 48% of Americans reported a snoring problem. A potentially serious disorder, sleep apnea occurs when breathing repeatedly stops and starts, while snoring is often the result of turbulent airflow in the nose and throat. 

Less invasive snoring remedies include changing sleep positions, while the more invasive involving cumbersome mouthpieces and surgery. Whereas conventional treatment for Sleep Apnea involves a C-PAP machine (Constant Positive Air Pressure), which requires individuals to be connected nightly to an oxygen tank, in many cases, this is uncomfortable, inconvenient, and unsustainable, resulting in low patient compliance rates. However, Manhattan dentist Dr. Michael Krochak believes there is another way to combat sleep apnea and snoring, and the answer lies in an unusual place: your dentist’s office.

Snoring, Sleep Apnea, Teeth Grinding – Sleep Disorders are Everywhere

Sleeping disorders are massively widespread, with a study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information indicating that anywhere from 50 to 70 million people suffer from one or more of them. These vary, but a more common sleep disorder that a dentist like Dr. Krochak may address is teeth grinding. 

Says Krochak, “Teeth grinding can cause a host of dental complications. From cracked teeth and receding gums to a misaligned jaw.” Teeth grinding is often the result of subconscious stress and cannot be prevented, however, Dr. Krochak can outfit patients with a treatment appliance that can be used to protect teeth from damage and relieve teeth grinding effects such as migraines and frequent headaches. 

Dental Appliances Can Treat Sleep Apnea

Snoring and sleep apnea are caused by a constricted airway in the throat during sleep. Snoring is often a symptom of sleep apnea but doesn’t necessarily guarantee the presence of it. If sleep apnea must be addressed, Dr. Michael Krochak has a unique remedy, employed at NYC Smile Spa. By utilizing a removable dental appliance that is worn at night, patients can reposition their lower jaw and tongue to be more forward, thus opening their airways and allowing proper oxygenation during sleep. Dr. Krochak has taken numerous Sleep Medicine courses and has been successfully making these appliances for over ten years!

Let Dr. Michael Krochak Address Your Sleep Disorders

With over 30 years as a general, cosmetic, and implant dentist in Manhattan, Dr. Michael Krochak has been featured on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” and NBC’s “Today Show,” and his expertise has been documented in Newsday, New York Post, The Boston Globe, Esquire, American Health, Elle and Vogue

NYC Smile Spa is located in Manhattan at 30 E 60th Street, Suite 1200, and has fully reopened, following sporadic scheduling due to the pandemic. Email Dr. Krochak and NYC Smile Spa at office@nycsmilespa.com, call 212-838-2900, or text 848-235-9858 for an appointment today!