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Michigan Prosthodontics | Sleep Apnea / Snoring in Plymouth



9416 S. Main Street
Suite 112
Plymouth, MI. 48170
(734) 453-6840


Sleep Apnea / Snoring

Snorers often receive an elbow jab in the ribs as as reminder from someone nearby to “roll over and stop.” While snoring disrupts the sleep of those close to us, it also interferes with our own sleep and overall health.

Snoring is a breathing noise that’s heard while someone in sleeping. The actual snoring sound is produced by the vibrations of the soft palate and sides of the throat when air rushes against them.

In recent years, snoring has been recognized as a warning sign that normal breathing is not taking place during sleep. For most adults, snoring isn’t a serious medical problem, but for some, it can be life-threatening! Snoring may be the first sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (O.S.A.)

Sleep Apnea

“Apnea” is the Greek word that means “want of breath.” A person is considered to be a sleep apnea sufferer when he or she stops breathing for at least 10 seconds for 30 times or more each night.

A few of the medical and dental conditions that can lead to sleep apnea are:

1. Excessive weight
2. A small retruded jaw
3. Sedatives
4. Allergies
5. Alcohol use before bedtime
6. Airway obstruction

 In addition to snoring, some of the more common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

1. Morning headaches
2. A dry mouth and throat
3. Excessive daytime sleepiness
4. Sudden short-of-breath awakenings, choking or gasping
5. Loss of interest in sex

Diagnosis and Treatment

Before any therapy is performed to treat sleep apnea, the use of sleeping aids and alcohol is restricted and a weight loss program is suggested for those who would benefit from it.

If the problem persists, a physician will likely suggest a test called a polysomnogram, This technologically-advanced sleep study monitors breathing patterns, sleep stages and cardiac rhythms along with airflow and length of non-breathing episodes. Once diagnosed, sleep apnea can be treated several different ways.

The Oral Appliance Approach
A conservative treatment is to have a dental appliance made to wear during sleep which gently moves the lower jaw forward, causing a positive change in tongue position. Research has shown that oral appliances are often a very effective form of treatment.

Other Treatments for Sleep Apnea

A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device consists of an air compressor and mask which delivers pressurized air through the nose when a person is sleeping.

Surgery is an option when severe obstruction, caused by excessive tissue, reduces the airway space.

Start with Us!

With so many advances in the dental field, we are able to conservatively and successfully treat many who are suffering from snoring and sleep apnea. If poor sleep interferes with your daily activities, come in and discuss it with us. We’ll be happy to help determine which treatment path is best for you.