If snoring's keeping you up at night, there's probably something underlying. What I would recommend is you come in for a free home test that we provide for our patients. We can see what is actually involved. We have simple appliances that can help treat that for the snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, you stop breathing. We'll be able to look at that and give you the right things. Some people are afraid to do that, because they think the only treatment is a CPAP, which covers the mouth and has a machine. They don't want that. I tell patients there are other options. We'll look at it and assess your situation. You're able to do it in the privacy of your own home.
Improve Your Sleep With Help From Dr. Ross
Instead of seeing a sleep specialist, you can get help at your next dental appointment with Dr. Ross. As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Ross has dedicated his practice to helping you sleep more soundly.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, Dr. Ross and his team will:
- Perform a screening at our office
- Send you home with a complimentary sleep test
- Send your test to a lab for analysis
- Prepare a custom-made oral appliance to aid in regular breathing while you sleep
At the office of Dr. James Ross, we’ve found that more 60 percent of our patients cannot tolerate CPAP machines, so we’ve dedicated ourselves to providing sleep apnea solutions specific to you.
Sleep Apnea Explained
Sleep apnea, the most common sleeping disorder, is characterized by brief pauses in breathing that occur repeatedly throughout the night. It results in fragmented sleep and lowered oxygen intake, which can lead to an array of negative health effects.
The strongest indicator of sleep apnea is chronic snoring, but you might experience other symptoms such as:
- Falling asleep while talking on the phone, working, or driving
- Trouble concentrating
- Learning and memory difficulties
If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to other serious issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, or depression.
Sleep Apnea And Your Oral Health
On top of the other issues caused by sleep apnea, chronic snoring can increase your risk of teeth grinding, dry mouth, oral bacteria, and tooth decay. It’s not just a matter of quality sleep; sleep apnea can compromise your overall oral health and beyond.