While some snoring can be harmless, heavy snoring can also be a warning sign of Sleep Apnea. Those who are at most risk for Sleep Apnea include:
• Men and women with large neck sizes
• Middle-aged and older men as well as post-menopausal women
• People who smoke
• People who are overweight or obese
Those who are dependent on insurance coverage for treatment are typically required to have their Sleep Apnea diagnosed through a sleep study. Because of the expense and hassle of spending the night at a sleep center, many are never truly diagnosed.
Because Sleep Apnea is such a dangerous condition that often goes undiagnosed, we can coordinate a home sleep study. Usually within two weeks after you return the device, you will return to our office to review the findings during a consultation. If you have Sleep Apnea, we can begin your treatment with a custom-designed oral appliance that is comfortable and will not interfere with your sleep.
If the findings show your Sleep Apnea is very severe or is not your problem, we’ll make recommendations to help you find other treatment options.
Our goal is to help Sleep Apnea sufferers get a true diagnosis without an expensive, time-consuming process. And now, today’s comfortable, effective, FDA-approved oral devices can help keep airways open for patients with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea and for those with severe Sleep Apnea who can’t tolerate a CPAP machine.
There are many types of oral devices, each with different advantages. The right one for you is based on things like the severity of your apnea, the size and shape of your jaw and tongue, and whether you grind your teeth or have a condition like TMJ disorder.
The first step is completing a brief questionnaire. Call our office to learn more at (586) 739-2155 or 1-855-9-Smiles. You may be sleeping peacefully very soon!