In this section of our website we offer you answers to frequently asked question by patients. Don’t see the question you were looking for? Not a problem. Feel free to contact us via our contact form or just call our office at (718) 676-6455 and we would gladly answer all your questions.

General questions

  • Do all people who snore have sleep apnea?

    No. Although almost everyone with sleep apnea snores, most snorers don’t have sleep apnea. If you have any concerns, be sure to get a proper diagnosis.

  • Will getting rid of the snoring stop sleep apnea?

    Not necessarily. For example, there are medical procedures and over-the-counter devices that can reduce snoring. These may not reduce sleep apnea. Ask your health-care provider for advice.

  • Can sleeping pills help stop sleep apnea?

    No, they can make it worse! Any drug that makes you drowsy can weaken your breathing reflexes or make throat tissues sag even more. If you think you may have sleep apnea, talk with your health-care provider before using any prescription or over-the-counter drug.

  • Can children have sleep apnea?

    Yes. Signs may include snoring, restless sleep and behavior problems. Talk to a health-care provider if you have any concerns.

  • Can sleeep apnea affect babies?

    It’s common for babies to stop breathing briefly. This can be normal. But be sure to get medical attention if any of these is true:

    • Breathing stops for longer than 20 seconds.
    • The skin turns pale or blue.
    • The body is limp.

    Scientists are studying whether there is a link between breathing problems and sudden infant death syndrome (SIOS). Ask your health-care provider for details.

  • What can loved ones of people with sleep apnea do?

    A lot! For example:

    • Never blame the person for snoring.
    • Encourage the person to see a health-care provider. Go with the person. Give your observations about his or her sleep.
    • Support the person in staying with his or her treatment plan.

Questions regarding sleep studies

  • What happens during a sleep study?

    A sleep technician attaches wires to your scalp and other areas to monitor your brain wave activity, heart rate, eye movement and oxygen level while you sleep. During the test, the technician keeps a close watch to make sure you are comfortable.

  • What are the treatment options?

    Treatment options vary, depending on the type of sleep disorder. They include behavior modification, dental devices, and a nasal mask called a C-PAP (for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). The C-PAP keeps your airway open while you sleep. Surgery presents another treatment option.

  • How do I schedule a sleep study?

    You can schedule a sleep study by calling us (718) 676-6455 or through our contact form. We are conveniently located on the 651 Coney Island Avenue (2nd Floor), Brooklyn, New York 11218.