Say “Bye” to Bulky CPAP, “Hello” to Easy Oral Appliance Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Waterford, MI

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

By Dr. Jason Ingber

On average, Metro Imaging Center sees about four new patients each day who are struggling with many of the same disruptive and troubling symptoms you may also be tired of dealing with, ranging from daytime fatigue to frequent waking at night. These patients may have snoring as a primary condition or as a secondary condition to sleep apnea.

Snoring, on its own, is harmless to your health, but it can be harmful to relationships if it keeps your partner awake. Sometimes, very loud and persistent snoring is characteristic of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common form of this type of condition that is characterized by disordered breathing. As such, it’s imperative that you get treatment for sleep apnea in Waterford, MI sooner rather than later. The longer you wait to get treatment, the greater the risk of your suffering from the many serious conditions associated with OSA, including:

  • Heart Problems – If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, your blood oxygen levels are dropping suddenly during the night. Such drops place significant strain in your heart. It’s no surprise that our patients with untreated OSA often have high blood pressure. Hypertension puts you at increased risk of developing cardiovascular stroke. You may also suffer from abnormal heart rhythms that lower the levels of oxygen in your blood, which can lead to a sudden and devastating cardiac event.
  • Surgical or Drug Complications – Any drugs you may be taking for other conditions or for medical procedures pose even bigger risks for individuals with OSA or other forms of sleep apnea. That is because some medications, including sedatives and analgesics like Codeine, relax the upper airway even more. You may develop respiratory problems post-surgery or while taking these drugs.

Due to the lack of quality, restorative sleep, OSA sufferers are more prone to accidents on-the-job or on-the-road. Since sleep affects our health and well-being greatly, it’s common for us to see patients who have struggled with memory problems, an inability to concentrate, frequent headaches, or mood changes and they’re usually irritable, anxious, or depressed.

You May Be Wondering “Why Do Patients Go to a Dentist for Sleep Apnea in the First Place?”

It’s a reasonable question. Our many onsite specialists work closely with your sleep team, including your family physician. This coordinated care ensures effective diagnostics, treatment, and ongoing management of your symptoms. Some individuals diagnosed with sleep apnea may have tried CPAP therapy and just can’t get used to it. Their sleep continues to suffer, because they’re struggling with wearing a nasal mask connected to a loud machine that delivers continuous positive airway pressure. CPAP is a proven treatment; the continuous pressure keeps your airway open. While today’s machines are generally smaller and less noisy than earlier-generation ones, they still take some getting used to and some patients who come to MIC just never do “take” to them.

Metro Imaging Center’s skilled clinicians can design a device to effectively manage your apnea, so you can finally get healthy, restful sleep. Unlike the CPAP machine, these devices by ProSomnus Sleep Technologies and SomnoMed are very small, easy-to-use, and silent. It looks like a retainer or mouth guard used to protect your teeth from damage due to grinding or sports injuries. These oral appliances are made from impressions of your mouth, so they fit well for comfortable wear and effective treatment. When worn while you sleep, they reposition your mouth – a simple adjustment of muscles and tissues that offers tremendous benefits. Relaxed tissues are no longer able to block your airway, as the device helps you hold a position that allows air to flow properly. No more scary, interrupted breathing hundreds of times a night. No more inexplicable tiredness when you’ve been in bed for eight-plus hours a night and know you should feel better.

If you’re tired of feeling tired, contact Metro Imaging Center. We’re equipped to offer an effective treatment that is patient-friendly. What good is a therapy that works like CPAP if you don’t use it? Call (248) 365-7737 to schedule your appointment in Waterford.