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By P Steven Wainess DDS
February 13, 2020
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: sleep apnea  

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
November 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea  

What disorder could you have in common with 18 million other Americans? The National Sleep Foundation says it's Obstructive Sleep sleep apneaApnea (OSA), a disorder characterized by loud snoring and several nightly episodes of interrupted breathing. Here at our office in St. Clair Shores, MI, Dr. P. Steven Wainess helps many sleep apnea patients treat their condition in a non-invasive manner. Learn what interventions could help you sleep better.

 

What is sleep apnea?

Characterized by loud snoring, breathing cessation, daytime fatigue, depression, and more, sleep apnea happens consistently night after night to those who suffer from it. Most sleep apnea patients are males 60 and older. However, women, and young people, especially those who are overweight or obese, may also experience it.

Most cases of sleep apnea occur when the soft tissues at the back of the throat relax and cover the back of the throat, blocking the free flow of air. Experts call this Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. Other patients may have Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), which originates in the nervous system. Mixed Sleep Apnea combines features of CSA and OSA.

Regrettably, symptoms of sleep apnea impact more than how soundly you sleep.  This sleep disorder contributes to heart disease, hypertension, stroke, driving-related accidents, and more.
 

Treating sleep apnea

Commonly, CPAP therapy helps relieve symptoms. This bedside machine delivers air through a nasal mask worn at night. However, many people don't need, or cannot tolerate, CPAP. In these cases, oral appliance therapy may be a better choice.

What is oral appliance therapy? At our St. Clair Shores office, Dr. Wainess offers customized sleep apnea solutions: acrylic appliances that fit comfortably inside the mouth. This small device opens the airway and keeps it open as a patient sleeps, thus ensuring a peaceful night of rest and dramatically improving your sleep patterns.

 

Find out more

Dr. Wainess and his team will work with you and your physician to discover the best sleep apnea treatment. Call our St. Clair Shores office today for a consultation: (586) 293-1515.

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.