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Daily Dental Center | Snore & Sleep Apnea in Ann Arbor

Daily Dental Center

Exceptional Daily Dental Care, Without Exceptions.

905 W. Eisenhower Circle

Suite 105, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

(734) 997-8805

Snoring & Sleep Apnea

 

At Daily Dental Center, the treatment option we offer to treat Snoring & Sleep Apnea is oral appliance therapy. Based on your specific circumstances, oral appliance therapy can be a very effective solution for treating snoring and sleep apnea. For questions, please call 734-997-8805 to setup a fee consultation.

Snoring

Snoring is a problem that affects 67% of adults. It is conservatively estimated over 120 million people in the United States snore every night. Snoring can cause disrupted sleep for both snorers and their sleeping partners and it can lead to health problems.

In most people, the reason for snoring is not known. Some potential causes (other than sleep apnea) include:

  • Being overweight, which leads to excessive neck tissue that puts pressure on the airways
  • Last month of pregnancy.
  • Nasal congestion from colds or allergies, especially if it lasts a long time
  • Swelling of the muscular part of the roof of the mouth (soft palate) or uvula, the piece of tissue that hangs down in the back of the mouth
  • Swollen adenoids and tonsils that block the airways
  • Use of sleeping pills, antihistamines, or alcohol at bedtime
  • Prominence of the area at the base of the tongue

 

Snoring can be a sign of a sleep disorder called sleep apnea.


Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the soft tissues at the back of the throat completely close off the airway so that air cannot flow into the lungs. This airway blockage can reduce the amount of oxygen reaching the brain and body. When that happens, the brain alerts the muscles in the airway to tighten up and unblock the air passage. This leads to a cycle of blocking and unblocking the airway and causes significant disruption of sleep.

The most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are:

  • Loud snoring
  • Restless sleep
  • Periodic stoppages of breathing
  • Significant daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability or personality change
  • Difficulty concentrating and poor memory

 

Sleep apnea is a health problem that can be associated with high blood pressure, heart problems and stroke. It is important for patients to see a physician or a sleep disorder specialist if they are experiencing snoring and daytime sleepiness.

Diagnosis

A doctor (or a sleep specialist) can tell if you have sleep apnea by doing a sleep study either at home or in a hospital setting.

Treatment Options

1. Positional device (anti-snoring cushion).

2. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment: Currently, this is the primary treatment for people with obstructive sleep apnea. The device has a small air blower connected by a flexible hose to a cushioned plastic mask that covers your nose. The blower forces air through the hose and mask into your nose and throat to keep the air passage open during sleep.


3. Oral appliance therapy: An oral appliance is a small acrylic device that fits over your upper and lower teeth or tongue (similar to an orthodontic retainer or mouth guard). This device slightly advances the lower jaw or tongue moving the base of the tongue forward to open the airway. This improves breathing and reduces snoring and apnea. The appliance is customized for each patient by a dentist experienced in the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. This therapy is effective for treating people with snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and is usually well-tolerated by patients.


4. Surgery 

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has stated that an oral appliance is indicated as a first treatment of choice for patients with primary snoring, mild obstructive sleep apnea or patients with moderate OSA who prefer the appliance to CPAP and as a second treatment option for patients with severe sleep apnea who cannot tolerate CPAP. Therefore, oral appliance therapy is indicated for:
•  Primary/heavy snoring
•  Mild or moderate sleep apnea and certain cases of severe OSA 
•  Poor tolerance of nasal CPAP
•  Failure of surgery
•  Use during travel
•  In combination with nasal CPAP

 
 
 
Ann Arbor Dentist | Snore & Sleep Apnea. Wei Wang is a Ann Arbor Dentist.