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.