By P Steven Wainess DDS
May 08, 2019
Category: Sleep Apnea

How your dentist in St. Clair Shores, MI can help you sleep better

Did you know that your dentist can treat sleep apnea? It’s true! In fact, your dentist offers a revolutionary alternative to the conventional sleep-apneaCPAP machine. It’s called an Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance and it can help relieve your sleep apnea symptoms. Dr. P. Steven Wainess in St. Clair Shores, MI, offers these sleep apnea treatment to help you sleep well at night—read on to learn more!

 

More about Sleep Apnea Treatment

So, what is sleep apnea? It’s a condition that causes your breathing to stop and start again periodically throughout the night while you sleep. Your airway becomes blocked because the tissue at the back of your throat relaxes and collapses, causing an inability to breathe. The oxygen flowing to your vital organs is reduced, causing problems with many vital systems and tissues. Some of the more serious medical conditions that sleep apnea can cause include:

  • A stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Memory impairment

Ask your doctor about undergoing a sleep study if you have any of these common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Chronic loud snoring
  • A sensation of choking or gasping when you wake up
  • A sore throat and headache when you wake up
  • Loss of concentration, fatigue, and grogginess during the day

If your doctor discovers that you have sleep apnea, your dentist can custom make an Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance that can fit precisely and comfortably in your mouth. This appliance works by keeping your lower jaw and tongue forward while you sleep, which allows your airway to stay open.

In the past, sleep apnea treatment involved wearing a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. However, many people find CPAP uncomfortable, difficult to maintain, and liable to build up bacteria if not regularly cleaned.

Luckily, the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance is comfortable to wear, and unlike CPAP, completely unrestrictive. It is also easy to clean, small, and very portable. The best part is that you can initiate treatment right here in the dental office!

 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

If you have sleep apnea, you owe it to yourself to find out about the advantages of the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance. Don’t settle for old-school sleep apnea treatment when you can have the ease and convenience of a dental appliance! To find out more, call Dr. P. Steven Wainess's St. Clair Shores office at (586) 293-1515 today!

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