Sleep Apnea Solutions in Grand Blanc, MI
Are you drowsy during the day with no explanation? Do you snore loudly or wake up breathless in the middle of the night? If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be one of more than 12 million Americans who are affected by sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can take up to 16 years off a patient's life and can make it difficult for partners to sleep together in the same bed. Drs. Brad and Scott Burau enjoy treating issues like sleep apnea because of the profound effect treatment can have on someone's quality of life. In many cases, patients who have been treated for sleep apnea have felt more awake during the day and have had better relationships with their families as a result.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep, as many as 20-30 times per hour. Each time you stop breathing in your sleep, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Since the time spent awake is so brief, you may not remember waking up, and you may believe that you are getting a good night's sleep when, in fact, you are not. The constant wake-sleep, wake-sleep cycle prevents those with sleep apnea from achieving deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.
What are the signs of sleep apnea?
The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these, contact our practice.
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Loud snoring at night
- Waking up at night short of breath
- Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
- Headaches upon waking in the morning
- Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
- Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Here at Drs. Burau Cosmetic & High Tech Family Dentistry, we offer a home sleep test to determine whether patients clench or grind their teeth at night. In some cases, this is an indication of sleep apnea. We also work with a board-certified sleep physician who diagnoses sleep apnea from home sleep tests and determines if patients are a good candidate for an oral sleep appliance, dentists are the frontline provider for this treatment.
Some patients with diagnosed sleep apnea cannot tolerate a C-PAP machine for a variety of reasons, and in many of these cases, we can make an oral sleep appliance. A C-PAP is the gold standard for treating sleep apnea, but an oral sleep appliance is a great option if someone is unable to wear one. Some patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea are also great candidates for an oral sleep appliance.
We work with each patient to select the correct appliance based on many different factors, such as the size of their mouth and sleep style. We then monitor the appliance usage with them over three to four months to make sure that the appliance is adjusted to the correct position to create the optimum jaw position to hold the airway open. We also perform a sleep study after the patient has had the appliance for a few months to make sure that the patient is getting our expected result.
During your initial examination, we will determine if you are a candidate for an appliance and demonstrate the various types of appliances offered at our Grand Blanc dental office. We will also review what to expect while wearing an oral sleep appliance and how to care for it.
Sleep apnea treatment generally falls under medical insurance coverage. Because there are so many different insurance plans and programs, we will work with you individually to determine an estimate of your coverage. We also offer 12-month, interest-free financing and monthly payments.
Learn more about sleep apnea and the treatments offered at Drs. Burau Cosmetic & High Tech Family Dentistry by scheduling an appointment at our Grand Blanc, MI dental office.