Have you lost your peaceful nights? While there are a number of sleep disorders that can take tolls on our lives, they’re all important to diagnose as soon as possible. The more time you spend with a sleeping problem, the more days you spend feeling exhausted and unlike yourself.
If sleep apnea is the disorder at hand, there’s more to worry about than sleepy daily life. In addition to impacting your days, sleep apnea can lead to serious, larger-scale health problems. Because it interrupts your breathing throughout the night, sleep apnea restricts oxygen flow to your brain, and can result in a heightened risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
You want to do whatever you can to build stellar whole-body health. And being proactive in seeking treatment for sleep apnea is the first step. If you suspect something’s wrong, it’s time to contact our Macomb sleep apnea dentist.
Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea
Surprised to learn that a dentist can treat sleep apnea? Depending on your sleep disorder, an oral appliance can actually open your airway and ensure uninterrupted breathing. Rather than having to find a specialist, you could receive comprehensive treatment from our sleep apnea dentist, Dr. Michael Hoffman.
Spot Sleep Apnea Symptoms
You should start thinking about sleep apnea if you notice that you’re sleeping poorly, and feeling tired during the day (after what should have been a full night’s sleep). Also watch for:
- Sore or dry throat upon waking
- Waking with a choking, gasping sensation
- Lack of energy
- Sleepiness behind the wheel
- Headaches, in the morning and during the day
- Restless sleep from which you wake often
Simple Sleep Apnea Treatment – Macomb County
You’ve probably heard of CPAP breathing machines as a sleep apnea treatment option. While necessary for some patients, those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a simpler, far smaller, and more convenient treatment option.
OSA is the most widespread form of sleep apnea, and there’s a wide range of oral appliances available. At Hoffman Dental Care, we strive to prove the most up-to-date and advanced dental technologies. This extends to our sleep apnea guard. Dr. Hoffman offers the ResMed Narval CC, pictured at right. This mouthpiece is created with CAD/CAM technology, meaning it is fabricated digitally for the most precise possible fit. Its lightweight material allows for the least bulky OSA appliance available. With the appliance in place, your airway will remain open throughout the night – and you won’t need to make compromises along the way.
The Narval CC has the added benefits of:
- Holding the lower jaw slightly forward without placing stress on the TMJ (jaw joint)
- Allowing for greater tongue space than other appliances to feel more natural
- Freeing up vertical movement, so that patients can drink liquids and speak while wearing the appliance
Interested in learning more? A consultation will allow us to evaluate your mouth, and decide whether the Narval is the right step.