Sleep apnea treatment options at your Farmington Hills, MI dentist’s office
You can’t treat what you don’t know. So, Richard S. Bernstein D.D.S. applies his knowledge of and experience with oral appliance therapy, in close partnership with a prestigious sleep lab, to identify good candidates for a polysomnography, better known as a “sleep study.” Depending on the nature of your diagnosis, you may be treated by a pulmonologist, sleep medicine specialist, general physician, or even your family’s trusted dentist: Dr. Bernstein.
Sleep apnea treatment options in Farmington Hills, MI at the dentist’s office makes perfect sense when you consider the general cause of the most common type; Obstructive Sleep Apnea arises as the throat tissues block your airway when you’re relaxed. You can’t breathe. Your body jars itself awake, often with a gasp and snort. This process can repeat itself hundreds of times each night, interfering with the quality sleep that is required to be the best parent, caregiver, spouse, and productive employee or leader. Since OSA does a number on your heart and lungs, it’s important that you seek treatment promptly to avoid devastating health consequences.
As a skilled dentist, Dr. Bernstein is often on the “front lines,” identifying potential signs of health concerns that have big implications for much more than your smile before anyone else. For instance, if you have undiagnosed OSA, he may see:
- Chipped teeth and excessive wear
- Increased presence of tooth decay
- Gum inflammation
- Sore tongue
- Inflamed throat
Patients with OSA may also complain about headaches, often when they first wake up, and they can develop chronic jaw and facial pain that radiates to the shoulders, neck, and back. The first three signs listed above can be associated with bruxism, or tooth-grinding. An oral appliance or night guard protects the teeth from damage caused by bruxism; however, appliances that are effective at treating OSA reposition the jaw or tongue in a way that prevents overly-relaxed tissues from blocking the airway. There are reportedly upwards of 100 types of FDA-cleared oral appliances on the market today. If you are a good candidate for oral appliance therapy, as an alternative to bulky yet effective CPAP machines, Dr. Bernstein will discuss your specific options for custom appliances during an appointment.
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