Understanding the causes of sleep apnea leads to effective treatment in Michigan
By Dr. Richard Bernstein
- Waking with a feeling of breathlessness.
- Waking several times a night to use the bathroom or get something to drink.
- Waking with a sore throat or dry mouth on a regular basis.
- Feeling extremely tired after a full night of sleep.
- Chronic morning headaches.
- Persistent moodiness or depression.
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage that impedes proper airflow. This may be due to the muscles in the throat relaxing the airway, large tonsils, excessive pressure from extra fat, or the size of the airway. As the airway closes, snoring becomes loud and disruptive to others, but not always to the snorer. A closed airway causes breathing to pause, which robs the brain of vital oxygen. In response, the brain disturbs sleep to prompt breathing.
Treating sleep apnea effectively requires an understanding of the underlying cause. When weight is part of the problem, a weight-loss plan may be instituted. Incorporating both medical and dental solutions to sleep apnea will facilitate optimal results.
Dr. Bernstein provides a non-invasive solution to sleep apnea with a custom oral airway appliance to be worn during sleep. This is different from the medical approach, using a CPAP machine, which has low patient compliance due to discomfort. The CPAP holds the airway open through the constant delivery of air, but an oral airway appliance comfortably places the jaw into the ideal position for airflow.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea, professional treatment is in order. Contact us to relieve sleep apnea and return to health.
Richard S. Bernstein D.D.S
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With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Bernstein is a renowned cosmetic dentist and is passionate about providing the best for his patients, making him a respected pillar of trust amongst his community. He possesses a Masters in Biochemistry - WSU School of Medicine, and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery - University of Detroit.He is presently a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, and a Diplomate in the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry (ABAD) to name a few.
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