Sleep apnea is a prevalent condition which affects over 20 million across the nation. The most common form of this condition, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), occurs when regular breathing is interrupted during sleep, due to a collapse of soft tissues at the back of the throat. When left untreated, OSA can have serious, even life-threatening consequences. At the office of Michael F. Miller DMD, our experienced dentist offers a sweeping range of services, including the treatment of mild to moderate DeWitt sleep apnea. Our practice utilizes the most advanced approaches to treat this serious sleep disorder, so that you can get a good night’s rest so vital to your overall health.
Patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea experience a decrease or pause of airflow during sleep. This occurs due to a narrowing of the airway at the back of throat. A common symptom of sleep apnea is heavy or frequent snoring, although not all snorers suffer from sleep apnea. In order to diagnose sleep apnea, it is necessary to participate in a sleep study with a medical professional, who will observe your symptoms during sleep. Common signs your doctor may observe can include gasping, pausing or cessation of breathing, and abrupt awakenings. Because sleep apnea disrupts your sleep cycle, sufferers commonly experience daytime symptoms such as fatigue, morning headaches and difficulty concentrating. To treat mild to moderate DeWitt sleep apnea, a customized oral appliance can be fabricated by your dentist to wear during bedtime. Our oral appliances are designed with your comfort in mind, and are contoured to the ridges and rises of your smile for a one-of-a-kind fit. By supporting your jaw in a forward position, our oral appliances can keep the soft tissues of the throat and tongue from collapsing and occluding your airway.
At the office of Michael F. Miller DMD, our experienced dentist is dedicated to excellence. If you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate DeWitt sleep apnea and are seeking a more comfortable and portable alternative to CPAP therapy, contact our office to learn more about how we can help.
4311 E. Genesee Street
Dewitt, NY 13214