Dental Sleep Medicine
Overcome Sleep Apnea and Snoring with Oral Appliance Therapy
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Does your partner ever complain about loud, persistent snoring from your side of the bed? When you wake up in the morning, do you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day, or do you feel like you’ve barely slept? Both of these are signs of a common problem known as sleep apnea, a condition that makes it difficult for patients—and their partners—to sleep at night.
Patients who struggle with sleep apnea repeatedly stop breathing for 10 seconds are more while asleep. As a result, they’re constantly waking up to breathe, even if they only move to a lighter stage of sleep. Because not every patient wakes up completely to breathe, many struggle with sleep apnea without even knowing it. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, most sleep-related breathing cases aren’t ever treated or even diagnosed.
Why do sleep apnea patients stop breathing? The answer, in many cases, has to do with obstruction from the tongue or lower jaw. During sleep, your tongue and/or jaw can relax in such a way as to block air’s path to the lungs, resulting in a form of sleep apnea known as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). In fact, the sound you make when you snore is the sound of air trying to get through this obstruction.
Other symptoms of OSAS include:
- Difficult concentrating
- Loss of memory
- Increased accidents at home, at work, or behind the wheel
If left untreated, these symptoms can become more severe. Other health risks may also develop, including high blood pressure and heart trouble. But thankfully, there’s an effective therapy for both sleep apnea and snoring.
Oral Appliance Therapy for Allen Park and Beyond
If you’ve noticed any of the above symptoms in your own life, visit Dr. Stankiewicz’s Allen Park dental office. We can help you with a diagnosis, and we can create oral appliance to effective treat your symptoms.
Similar to a retainer or a mouthguard, an oral appliance is a custom-made device that fits over your teeth. While you’re wearing it, it repositions your tongue and lower jaw so the pathway to your lungs stays clear. As a result, you can sleep more soundly at night, without snoring. In the morning, you’ll wake up feeling more refreshed and rested, and so will your partner.
Do you want to talk to Dr. Stankiewicz about sleep apnea, snoring, and oral appliance therapy? We’d be happy to help you. Call our office to schedule a consultation appointment. We are conveniently located in the Downriver area near the Detroit Metro Airport in Allen Park, Michigan, and serve patients in Lincoln Park and Taylor, Michigan.