Because we are known for our smile-enhancing work, you may not know that over the years we have also become a trusted place for sleep apnea treatment in the Novi, MI area. In fact, as a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Ross is dedicated to providing custom solutions for snoring and sleep apnea so as to help you get the restful sleep you and your family deserve. Today, we wanted to look at one of these treatments, an oral appliance that can help bring your snoring and sleep apnea drama to an end. Please keep reading, and then be sure to give us a call at 248-697-2487 to request your consultation appointment.
Don’t Put Off Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a more complex and dangerous issue than just snoring. Snoring is only one the many warning signs that you may be dealing with this condition. Sleep apnea occurs whenever you experience distinct pauses in breathing during your sleeping hours. People with severe sleep apnea can actually experience something like 30 pauses in breathing an hour. Your blood pressure rises at these moments because your body is in distress. This is why many patients with undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea face a higher risk for problems like strokes and heart disease. Sleep apnea has even been known to cause people to stop breathing altogether. Some poor folks have even died due to complications from sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea, and it occurs whenever something blocks your airways during sleep. This is the type that we can treat at the dentist’s office.
How To Address Sleep Apnea
The treatment that doctors tend to prescribe for sleep apnea is an intrusive machine called CPAP. The CPAP is still held in high regard as far as getting the job done but too many people find the treatment uncomfortable and stop using it out of frustration. It turns out, according to recent studies, about 50 percent of people who have been prescribed a CPAP stop using or never start using the device. That’s disconcerting news for us healthcare professionals. Still, the CPAP is only effective when you’re wearing a hose, mask, and more, so it’s easy to see how such a contraption could disrupt your sleep and those around you even more than snoring did in the first place.
That’s where we come in. If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, we can help you address the problem with a custom-designed oral appliance. The appliance fits perfectly over your lower teeth and pushes the jawbone forward to keep the airway open during sleep. Our patients typically find the appliances to be very comfortable and they usually report that they experience positive results within the first few days. It is easy to travel with, too.
Time To Wake Up And Make The Call!
We hope you have been inspired by the possibilities. If you’ve been snoring or you always wake up feeling exhausted even after a full night of sleep, it’s time to do something to end that nightmare. Call Dr. James C Ross in Novi, MI today at 248-697-2487 or contact us online to request a sleep apnea consultation appointment.