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Snoring or Sleep Apnea

/Snoring or Sleep Apnea

During sleep the muscles in your throat naturally relax. This narrows the breathing passage and creates the perfect condition for noisy vibrations to occur during both inhaling and exhaling. The sound created can vary greatly. Many people just view it as an annoyance or don’t want to address it because it is embarrassing, but it can truly be harmful if not taken seriously.

FACT: About 70% of Loud Snorers Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Untreated snoring can lead to obstructive sleep apnea, heart problems, respiratory problems and pain such as headaches, weight gain, fragmented sleep and result in daytime sleepiness that can put you in dangerous situations such as falling asleep behind the wheel of a car.

It is important to find out the cause of your snoring.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the upper airway collapses during sleep, causing breathing to stop. While asleep, the factors that keep your airway open do not function the same way that they do during the day.

As you fall asleep the muscles of the airway relax as your body relaxes and the brain’s control over breathing changes. When the airway collapses, the soft tissue causes an obstruction to the flow of air into your lungs and you actually stop breathing. As a reaction, your body quickly wakes you up so that you can breath again. This is called a micro-arousal. In patients with sleep apnea, arousal can happen 50-100 times per hour – that is sometimes more than once per minute!

Having continuous disrupted nights causes a tremendous amount of daytime sleepiness and can predispose you to a number of health problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke and heart attack.

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  • Do you snore?
  • Has anyone ever said that you stop breathing during the night?
  • Do you ever wake up feeling like you are choking or gasping for air?
  • Are you sleepy during the day?
  • Are you having trouble working or concentrating?
  • Do you fall asleep while reading or watching TV or a movie?
  • Have you ever almost fallen asleep while driving?

If any of this sounds familiar, it is important to get a sleep test, which can be done in the comfort of your own home, to find our if you do in fact have sleep apnea and the possible treatments for it.


With the ongoing threat of coronavirus, the American Dental Association has issued a guideline that all elective dental procedures be postponed for three weeks. We have decided to follow this guideline and, thus, will be rescheduling appointments starting the week of April 19.

However, to address any dental emergencies that may arise, we will be maintaining office hours Monday through Saturday throughout our Lake Success, Huntington, Howard Beach, Astoria and White Plains locations listed below.

We’ve also added teledentistry so you can connect with one of our expert dentists  through your laptop, tablet, or smartphone and have a face to face consultation. You can call us at 855-PHD-CARE or 718-DENTIST to register for an appointment.

Please be assured that our offices are being operated under CDC guidelines including screening all patients who pose a risk of having coronavirus.

We will also be available via email ( and telephone (855-PHD-CARE or 718-DENTIST) to answer any questions or address any clinical concerns you may have.

We know these are difficult times and want to do all that we can to fulfill our mission to address not just your dental and oral health needs, but to promote your overall health and well-being.

We thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you when we resume normal operations . In the meantime, please do all that you can to stay safe and healthy.

The Staff at ProHEALTH Dental

Emergency Care Provided in Response to:

  • Severe toothache pain (not just a twinge)
  • Swelling of your gums, face, or neck
  • Bleeding in your mouth that does not stop
  • Infection or a substantial risk of it
  • Trauma (such as a broken tooth)

ProHEALTH Dental Emergency Locations:

  • Lake Success: 1 ProHEALTH Plaza, Suite 115, Lake Success, NY 11042 - (516) 531-5500
  • Huntington: 35 Gerard Street, Huntington, NY 11743 - (631) 812-5000
  • Astoria: 29-14 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105 - (718) 274-1515
  • White Plains: 244 Westchester Ave. Suite 401, White Plains, NY 10604 - (914) 681-0335
  • Howard Beach: 163-45 Cross Bay Blvd, Howard Beach, NY 11414 - (718) 641-3838