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By P Steven Wainess DDS
February 13, 2020
Category: Sleep Apnea
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In his St. Clair Shores office, Dr. P. Steven Wainess helps people overcome sleep apnea. That's right. Your sleep apnea dentist understands and treats this dangerous sleep disorder using oral appliance therapy. If you're snoring or otherwise suspect your nightly sleep is very disrupted, talk to your primary care physician and then come see Dr. Wainess.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person literally stops breathing while asleep. Affecting people of all ages, sleep apnea usually involves a mechanical obstruction of the airway. The tongue and other oral tissues relax and cover the airway.

People snore, startle awake, gasp for air, but actually may be unaware that anything is wrong. Loud snoring and complaints from spouses and family members usually send the person to the doctor who may refer to a sleep specialist for evaluation.

The symptoms of sleep apnea

The most common kind of sleep apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), characterized by blockage of the windpipe. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is less common and stems from poor communication between the brain and the lungs. Both kinds exhibit similar symptoms:

  • Loud, frequent snoring
  • Gasping for breath
  • Waking multiple times a night
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Poor concentration and memory problems

Treating sleep apnea

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines are a commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea. However, many patients find the noise of the bedside apparatus, along with the mask and hose which delivers air to the back of the throat, hard to tolerate. As such, specially-trained dentists, such as Dr. Wainess in St. Clair Shores, offer oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea. These appliances substitute for or are an adjunct to, CPAP machines or invasive oral surgery.

What is oral appliance therapy? When you come to Dr. Wainess' office for a sleep apnea consultation, he'll review your medical history and symptoms and also the results of your consultation with your primary care physician. If appropriate, he may advise the use of a customized oral appliance made of comfortable and durable acrylic.

Worn nightly in the mouth as you sleep, this appliance places your lower jaw in a more forward position. This position facilitates the opening of the airway. People are able to breathe freely, and snoring dramatically reduces in intensity and frequency.

Do you snore?

Don't ignore this problem. Call us for a consultation on oral appliance therapy. Dr. Wainess and his team want all their patients to enjoy full and vibrant health. Phone (586) 293-1515.

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!

By P. Steven Wainess, DDS
September 04, 2018
Category: Sleep Apnea
Loud snoring may be a sign that you have sleep apnea, a disorder that affects more than 18 million adults in the U.S., according to thesleep apnea National Sleep Foundation. Treating your sleep apnea symptoms will not only ensure you get a good night's sleep but also help you avoid several serious health problems.
 
St. Clair Shores dentist Dr. P. Steven Wainess offers a comfortable dental appliance that decreases snoring and prevents the breathing pauses that occur in sleep apnea.
 
Sleep apnea deprives your brain of oxygen
People who have sleep apnea stop breathing hundreds of time during the night, with each pause lasting a few seconds. Although one or two breathing pauses may not be a significant issue, multiple pauses deprive your brain of oxygen. Over time, oxygen deprivation can increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack, irregular heart rhythm, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression.
Snoring isn't the only sign
 
Loud snoring is often associated with sleep apnea, although it can also occur if you don't have a sleep-related breathing problem. In addition to snoring, you may notice a few of these signs and symptoms if you have sleep apnea:
  • Choking or gasping for air during the night
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Weight gain
  • Morning dry mouth
  • Night sweats
  • Irritability
  • Morning headaches
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
Sleep apnea is diagnosed during a sleep study. During the study, you'll be hooked up to a machine that monitors your breathing while you sleep. The machine also records your heart rate, brain wave activity, blood oxygen levels, and eye and body movements.
 
How is sleep apnea treated?
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, one of the most common sleep apnea treatments, prevent breathing pauses by forcing a continuous stream of air into your throat through a mask. Unfortunately, some people can't tolerate the machines and assume that there is no other solution.
 
An oral appliance provided by Dr. Wainess offers a simpler but just as effective option. The device is worn over your teeth and holds your lower jaw forward, preventing your tongue from falling into your airway. Your new oral appliance doesn't require uncomfortable masks and won't keep you or your partner awake due to the sound.
 
Take advantage of sleep apnea treatment offered. Call Dr. P. Steven Wainess at (586) 293-1515 to schedule an appointment.