Sleep Apnea Specialist

Dater Dentistry

Steven M. Dater, DDS

General Dentist located in Rockford, MI

Sleep apnea can be a serious condition, but did you know it can also be treated and managed easily? The team at Dater Dentistry, serving the Rockford area of Michigan, can offer solutions that will help you manage sleep apnea. Schedule a consultation online or over the phone today to learn more about the services Dater Dentistry offers.

Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing starts and stops periodically during sleep. There are three types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive: most common type, occurs when your throat muscles relax
  • Central: occurs when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control your breathing
  • Complex, or treatment-emergent central: occurs when you have both obstructive and central sleep apnea

Patients with sleep apnea are often unaware of their stopping and starting breathing during sleep because it isn’t severe enough to wake them up.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Restless sleep
  • Sore or dry throat after sleep
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Morning headache

If you have been experiencing these symptoms and think you may have sleep apnea, the team at Dater Dentistry ensures you get the care plan in place that you need.

What are the risks of untreated sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea can lead to serious conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, type 2 diabetes, liver problems, stroke, depression, and increased fatigue — which can lead to car accidents or other problems.

Who is prone to sleep apnea?

There are certain people who are more likely to have sleep apnea than others. Men are more at risk than women, as are African-American and Latino men.

Those who are overweight, over 40 years of age, have large tonsils, or have a nasal obstruction from allergies, sinuses, or a deviated septum, are also more at risk for sleep apnea.

How can sleep apnea be treated?

There are certain oral appliances that can now be used to treat sleep apnea. These are often the first step in treatment plans at Dater Dentistry.

These oral appliances are similar to mouth guards, and aim to hold your lower jaw forward to keep your airway open. This also prevents the tongue from blocking your airway.

These are alternatives, or additions, to machines that regulate breathing, such as the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.

To learn about how the team at Dater Dentistry can help with sleep apnea, schedule a consultation today.