Sleep Apnea Specialist

Lawrence Wang, DDS -  - General Dentist

Madison Square Dentistry

Lawrence Wang, DDS

General Dentist located in Flatiron, New York, NY

If you wake up groggy all too often, sleep apnea may be to blame. Dr. Lawrence Wang and his experienced health care team diagnose sleep apnea and work with you to find the least invasive treatment at Madison Square Dentistry, located in Manhattan, New York. Call Dr. Wang’s office to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes repeated pausing in your breathing while you sleep. This happens when your upper airway gets blocked, cutting off airflow.

While sleep apnea is relatively common — up to 21% of women and up to 31% of men have obstructive sleep apnea — this condition can be serious without proper treatment.

What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?

You may see these signs or experience these symptoms if you have sleep apnea:

  • Frequent loud snoring
  • Reduced or absent breathing
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Dry mouth or headaches when you wake up
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Poor memory
  • Decreases in attention
  • Low sex drive
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Waking up at night to urinate

What are the risk factors for sleep apnea?

You may not be able to prevent sleep apnea if it’s in your genetic makeup, but specific factors increase your risk of developing this chronic sleep disorder:

  • Smoking
  • Using alcohol or sedatives
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Older age
  • Being male
  • Nasal congestion from allergies
  • Being overweight
  • Having a narrowed airway

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

To make a sleep apnea diagnosis, Dr. Wang reviews your medical history, gives you a physical examination, rules out additional medical conditions, and he may have you complete a sleep study.

What are the treatments for sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea can lead to chronic health conditions without proper treatment. If you have mild sleep apnea, Dr. Wang may recommend simple lifestyle changes, such as:

  • Avoiding tobacco
  • Losing weight if you’re overweight
  • Treating nasal allergies

Treatment for moderate or severe sleep apnea might include:

  • Using an oral appliance to keep your throat open during sleep
  • Therapy for facial and mouth muscles (orofacial therapy)
  • Using a more comfortable type of CPAP machine
  • Surgery

Dr. Wang works with you to come up with a sleep apnea treatment that fits your individual needs and is the least invasive. Call Madison Square Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wang or book an appointment online when you’re ready to get a good night’s sleep.