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Improve Your Quality Of Life With Snoring & Sleep Apnea Solutions
Do you suffer from excessive and loud snoring? If you don’t wake yourself up from it, do your family members tell you about it the next morning? If so, 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.Dr. Newingham on Sleep Apnea Read Transcript
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.
At Newingham Dental Center, Dr. Justin Newingham will help diagnose your sleep apnea and can treat it with oral appliance therapy. Call 248-972-8720to contact our Birmingham, MI dentist office today for a free consultation.
Treating Your Sleep Apnea For A Healthier Night’s Rest
One of the most effective ways to treat sleep apnea is with a custom oral appliance. Dr. Newingham will have one created especially for you and your condition.
The oral appliance is a mouthpiece that you will wear while you sleep. It repositions and stabilizes your jaw and your tongue, allowing you to get a constant flow of air into your body. Oral appliance therapy can be extremely effective and is much more convenient than other treatment options, including CPAP devices.
Determining If You Have Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is usually caused by your tongue or excessive tissue in your throat that prevents a constant flow of oxygen. It deprives your brain and heart of the oxygen they require and causes you to wake up for short periods several times every night, often 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
If you’re suffering from these symptoms, Dr. Newingham will arrange for you to meet a doctor who specializes in sleep apnea so you can take a sleep study. This study will help us determine if you have it and if so, how serious your condition is.
After you’ve received your oral appliance, Dr. Newingham will recommend a follow-up sleep study to make sure you’re fully benefiting from the treatment. He will also check on the condition of your appliance when you come in for regular dental exams.
Sleep apnea can cause increased risk of heart attack, diabetes, and strokes, so it’s important to contact us right away for treatment!