Helping Kentwood, MI patients sleep soundly with apnea and snoring therapy

Snoring can disrupt your sleeping partner. It can also be a sign of apnea, which is a serious medical condition. Thankfully, both sleep apnea and primary snoring are treatable. Often, the solution is as simple as a comfortable oral appliance, which is available from Kentwood Family Dental Care.

What is sleep apnea?

As you probably realize, snoring is an extremely common problem. It is best known for disrupting the sleep of the other person in the room. What you may not know is that snoring may be a red flag warning of a serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition occurs when the airway is blocked during sleep, which interrupts breathing. An afflicted individual may stop breathing many times every hour through the night. This deprives the body of oxygen, negatively impacting virtually every aspect of your health.

How sleep apnea impacts your body

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your body is deprived of oxygen for periods of ten seconds or longer. This repeatedly happens through the night, every night. In addition to the cumulative effects of oxygen deprivation, apnea prevents you from entering and maintaining deep stages of sleep, which is when your mind and body rejuvenate.

Obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk of:

  • Accidents while driving
  • Acid reflux
  • Impotence
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Congestive heart failure
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Heart attack

Fast facts about sleep apnea and snoring

  • About half of all adults snore
  • About one-quarter of all adults have OSA
  • Fewer than ten percent of people afflicted with OSA have been diagnosed
  • Snoring can cause your bed partner to lose an hour of sleep every night

Treating snoring and sleep apnea

The traditional treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). It is a machine that forces air into your airway using tubes and a mask. However, many people find it uncomfortable and inconvenient, sometimes even intolerable. We offer oral appliance therapy, which is a popular alternative to CPAP.

Apnea and snoring appliances work by holding the jaw in an optimal position, keeping the airway open so that you can breathe naturally and quietly. Our appliances are custom-made, comfortable, and lightweight. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Kentwood Family Dental Care at (616) 612-1176.