As you know by now, because your overall health and safety is our utmost priority, we are closely following every safety and infection control procedure recommended by the ADA and CDC. However, going way beyond these recommendations, in July we installed 2 Jade Surgically Clean Air Filtration Systems. Our office size would require only one Jade unit to kill viruses and bacteria 6 times an hour, but we are so committed to you that we have installed 2 units, one in front of each dental chair. You can be assured that our air is always the safest because we leave the systems on 24/7.

The Jade is patented and industry-leading and is the only air purification system that incorporates 6 different technologies which include, Hydroxl, UV and electronic cell catalytics, and Hepa-RX. The Jade is measured and peer-reviewed to eliminate viruses less than 0.1 microns (the corona virus is measured at .125 microns) and is tested globally with over 70,000 units installed worldwide.

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With our warmest wishes for your health and safety, we look forward to seeing you soon and continuing to keep you as healthy as possible.

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How Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Long-Term Health

Submitted by Michael R. Cortese, D.M.D. on Fri 07/22/2016 - 09:00

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can affect your health in a variety of ways and, when left untreated, can be potentially life threatening. “Obstructive” refers to an obstruction of the oxygen through the airway during sleep, which prevents the oxygen traveling to the brain and vital organs. The lack of oxygen during sleep causes a person to continually wake up in order to resume breathing. It also raises a person’s risk of developing serious physical and psychological issues.

Dr. Michael Cortese is a prosthodontist in Princeton, New Jersey, which is the only type of dental specialist that focuses on the whole mouth. He works with medical physicians and board certified sleep physicians to provide comprehensive treatment for any issues relating to the mouth, including occlusion and airway (breathing) problems. Dr. Cortese believes it is important to educate his patients about the possible dangers of sleep apnea.

High Blood Pressure

Sleep apnea is a risk factor for high blood pressure (a.k.a., hypertension). Lack of oxygen to the brain and vital organs stresses the body, causing hormones to go into overdrive and boost blood pressure. A blocked airway lowers the level of oxygen in the blood, compounding the problem.

Heart Disease

Individuals with sleep apnea are more likely to have heart problems (including recurrent heart attacks and abnormal heartbeats) than normal sleepers. The stress caused by lack of oxygen, continually waking up and the sudden drop in blood oxygen levels puts a strain on the cardiovascular system.

Type 2 Diabetes

There is a strong link between sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes.


Another consequence of sleep disordered breathing is that it causes the body to release ghrelin, known as the “hunger hormone.” A surge of ghrelin, coupled with constant fatigue, leads to overeating, poor dietary choices and eventually obesity, which comes with its own set of health problems.

Risk of Motor Vehicle Accidents

People with sleep apnea tend to wake up sometimes hundreds of times per night and have chronic drowsiness, which compromises alertness and other cognitive processes. Therefore, the risk of getting into a motor vehicle or workplace accident is heightened.  In fact, people with sleep apnea are approximately five times more likely to get into a car accident than normal sleepers.

Mental Health Conditions

A lack of restorative sleep can adversely affect both the body and mind. Sleep apnea can lead to or exacerbate conditions like anxiety, depression and panic disorder. Mood and cognitive functions (such as memory and concentration) are severely impaired by poor sleep.

Learn More about Sleep Apnea Treatment

Dr. Cortese and our team screen all new patients for “sleep obstructed breathing” (or OSA) before any dental reconstruction begins so that we are measuring their amount of bruxism (a common side effect of OSA). This screening promotes long lasting results and ensures that any treatment provided does not worsen preexisting sleep disordered breathing, if present.

By detecting and treating sleep apnea, you can lower your risk of developing the health conditions mentioned in this post. To learn more about how Dr. Cortese treats sleep apnea with oral appliances, please call (609) 552-0800 or email us today.


Princeton Prosthodontics - Dr. Michael Cortese

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Dr. Michael Cortese is a leading and highly sought-after Maxillofacial Prosthodontist. He one of only 350 accredited Maxillofacial Prosthodontists worldwide. Having completed his education at the University of Notre Dame and Farleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry, he received his Certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology from the University of Texas Health Science Center M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. He has over three and a half decades of experience and constantly focuses on ensuring that patients have a healthy and beautiful smile. Dr. Cortese takes pride in providing his patients with customized treatments using modern equipment and techniques. He sincerely believes in thoroughly understanding your concerns and requirements to ensure your comfort and satisfaction throughout the course of any treatment or procedure.