- February 27, 2018
If you or your loved one snores heavily and regularly, the issue may be much more serious than you think. Don’t take any risks with potential sleeping disorders – call Newingham Dental Center at 248-972-8720 today to book a consultation with us to determine if you could benefit from a sleep apnea treatment.
If you visit our Birmingham, MI dentist office thinking that you might have a sleeping disorder, we will refer you to a physician who specializes in sleep apnea that we work with. They will provide a sleep study which will help determine if you have a sleeping condition and how severe it is if so. Once we know what we’re dealing with, we’ll provide customized treatment.
We offer free second opinions, complimentary consultations, and accept a variety of payment options to make paying for your treatments a little less stressful. We also offer some flexible morning, evening, and even some Saturday hours for your convenience. Here’s the full schedule for our office:
- Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – noon once a month
Get A Sleep Apnea Treatment To Improve Sleep & Health
Sleep apnea is a condition that results in involuntary pauses in normal breathing during sleep. There are two types:
- Obstructive sleep apnea, which arises when your muscles and tissue in your throat relax to the point that they actually close off your airway, physically preventing you from breathing
- Central sleep apnea, which is caused by abnormal brain function, resulting in your body not receiving signals to breathe as you should
Of the two, central sleep apnea is much more serious, but it is also rarer. With the help of the sleep specialist we work with, we’ll determine the severity of your case and the best treatment to pursue moving forward.
While the symptom most commonly associated with sleep apnea is snoring, there are many other potential signs you should keep an eye out for if you suspect you or your loved one has the condition. For a proper diagnosis, you should see a professional, but if you are experiencing any of the following, get an evaluation as soon as possible:
- Severe headaches when first waking up in the morning
- Feeling as though you didn’t sleep at all the night before when you wake up
- A dry and/or sore throat when you wake up, without any other symptoms of an illness
- Waking suddenly in the night feeling as though you are gasping for breath
- Drowsiness or lack of energy throughout the day
- Sudden mood changes
- Restless sleep and/or insomnia
There is no guarantee that a certain type of person will develop sleep apnea, but there are some potential risk factors that may make it more likely that you’ll have or develop a sleeping disorder, including:
- Being overweight
- Having a narrow airway
- High blood pressure
- Being a smoker
- Gender (men are more likely to have sleep apnea)
- Genetic factors
As mentioned above, sleep apnea can also potentially cause or contribute to many other medical conditions, which shouldn’t be that big of a surprise considering apnea literally stops you from breathing and taking in the proper amount of oxygen your system needs. Here are just a few of the serious medical conditions that apnea can lead to or worsen:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Weight gain
- Acid reflux
As you can see by the afflictions listed above, sleep apnea is not something you should just ignore. The condition in itself can be troublesome for patients but if left unaddressed for long enough, more serious developments may occur.
If we determine that you have sleep apnea, most likely we will provide a custom oral appliance that looks a lot like an athletic mouthguard. You’ll wear it while you sleep to slightly shift your jaw forward, opening up your airway and allowing you to breathe normally. You’ll get much better sleep and improve your overall health as well in time!
To make your experience at our Birmingham, MI dentist office as pleasant as possible, we offer various comfort options for all of our patients.