Treating Sleep Apnea & Snoring With Dentistry
Dentistry is not just limited to the cleaning and care of teeth. Dr. Wolfe practices what is known as “complete dentistry”, considering the patient as a whole to treat underlying problems and conditions associated with the mouth, teeth, and TMJ. Dental sleep medicine is concentration of Dr. Wolfe. Using oral appliances, we are able to treat sleep related breathing disorders in our Rochester Hills, MI dentist office including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Why is Snoring a Problem?
While snoring alone is not a major medical concern, it may be an indication of a more serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Snoring occurs when the soft tissue structures of the upper airway collapse and vibrate during sleep, producing the sound known as snoring. The prevalence of this disorder increases with age and it is estimated that as many as 50% of elderly men and women suffer from the disorder.
About Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common of the sleep-related breathing disorder. Patients who suffer with OSA stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, caused by a blockage of the airway usually caused when the soft tissue in the back of the mouth collapses. OSA is strongly linked to obesity.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment
Treatment for OSA will vary based on the individual diagnosis. Certain lifestyle changes can help to alleviate the symptoms of OSA including weight loss, smoking cessation and eliminating alcohol and sedative use.
The CPAP is the gold standard treatment for sleep apnea in Rochester Hills, MI, but often has a poor compliance level. Patients often find the CPAP to be uncomfortable.
An oral appliance, also called a snore guard, has shown to be the preferred treatment among most patients. An oral appliance is small, discreet and comfortable to wear. Dr. Wolfe can fabricate a custom made sleep apnea appliance for you to wear during sleep.