Do you snore?
Sleep Apnea & How We Can Help
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly starts and stops. It has serious medical implications, and should always be treated. Dentistry is one of the most common ways to treat sleep apnea and excessive snoring. “Obstructive sleep apnea is destroying the health of millions of Americans, and the problem has only gotten worse over the last two decades,” said American Academy of Sleep Medicine President Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, a national spokesperson for the Healthy Sleep Project. “The effective treatment of sleep apnea is one of the keys to success as our nation attempts to reduce health care spending and improve chronic disease management.” Many people are at risk for sleep apnea. We routinely screen and treat patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. We have developed a customized concierge service for you to recieve testing and treatment, as well as partnerships with local sleep centers to diagnose and treat sleep apnea.
- - Snoring
- - Gasping while sleeping
- - Not remembering dreams
- - Waking up with a dry mouth and/or sore throat
- - Waking up in the morning with a headache
- - Insomnia or difficulty staying asleep
- - Daytime fatigue
Sleep apnea poses potentially-serious medical complications, such as:
- - High blood pressure and increased risk for heart attack
- - Risk for stroke
- - Increased risk of Type 2 diabetes
- - Falling asleep at the wheel
- - Difficulty concentrating
A C-PAP is not for everybody - we might be able to help you breathe better at night with a customized appliance. The latest recommendations are that dentists prescribe an appliance - rather than NO therapy - for adult patients who request treatment for snoring even without obstruction.
(Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring with Oral Appliance Therapy: an update for 2015. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Vol. 11, No. 7, 2015. Ramar, et al. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; Univ. of Calvary, Calvary, Alberta. Water Reed Natl Military Medical Ctr, Bethesda, MD, Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.)