Get Help for Your Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Do you suffer from excessive and loud snoring? Or, more accurately, do your family and loved ones suffer from your snoring? If they do, it’s possible that you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a dangerous disorder that prevents people from getting enough oxygen while they are sleeping. It is usually caused by your tongue or excessive tissue in your throat that prevent a constant flow of oxygen. It deprives your brain and heart of the oxygen they require and can cause you to wake up for short periods several times every night with no memory of it. Some other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
● Excessive and loud snoring
● Gasping for air or choking during sleep
● Exhaustion and fatigue
● Increased risk of heart attack, diabetes, and stroke
If you suspect you have sleep apnea but are not sure, it’s important that you contact your doctor or your dentist right away. Newingham Dental Center can help you diagnose your sleep apnea and help you treat it with oral appliance therapy. If you think you have it, Dr. Newingham will arrange for you to meet a doctor who specializes in sleep apnea and can help you take a sleep study. This study will help us determine if you have it and find out how serious your condition is.
Treating Your Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy
Snoring and sleep apnea is a hot topic right now, a big area of research. It’s growing. It’s growing. I think we need to listen to what the research is telling us about how it’s increasing our risk for heart attack and stroke, significant increases. If you know a loved one that snores, usually we hear from the spouse, “You need to do something about my husband. He’s snoring.”
First and foremost we recommend that you see your physician and go get a sleep study done. You need a sleep study done to see if there is, if it’s just snoring or if it’s sleep apnea. If it is sleep apnea what kind of sleep apnea. Is it a central mediated sleep apnea where there is something in your body in your brain that tells you to stop breathing, or is it an airway problem? We can help if it’s an airway problem. The best possible treatment oftentimes for our patients and the most conservative is to use a CPAP machine. Compliance is a major issue with that CPAP machine so sometimes patients are looking for alternatives. Maybe they’re considering surgery.
We have another conservative option that is maybe the second best thing to the CPAP machine and that’s an oral appliance that repositions your jaw forward to open the airway. It’s analogous to when you are getting CPR training and they tilt the head back and tilt the chin. It’s the same thing. When you’re trying to open the airway so that you can breathe so you don’t have those events at night where you stop breathing.
We’ve seen their sleep apnea events be cut in half. We’ve seen their sleep apnea events be cut by 80%. We never see them cut by 100%. The CPAP machine is probably the only thing that can do that, depending on the severity of the sleep apnea problem, but we have an oral appliance that significantly reduces your risk.
One of the most effective ways to fight sleep apnea is with an oral appliance. Our Birmingham, MI dental office helps provide oral appliances to many of our patients and can have one created especially for you and your condition. An oral appliance is a mouthpiece that you will wear while you sleep. It will reposition and stabilize your jaw and your tongue, allowing you to get a constant flow of air into your body. In our experience, oral appliance therapy can be extremely effective and is much more convenient than other treatment options, including CPAP devices.
If you suffer from loud snoring or believe that you have sleep apnea, call our Birmingham, MI office today oral appliance. We can help you diagnose and treat your condition, so that you and your loved ones can sleep more soundly. Call us at 248-972-8720 or use our contact form to schedule an appointment online.