Novi, MI dentist Dr. Christopher Paulson offers a comprehensive range of services to meet all of your dental health needs, with patient focused care emphasizing over all health and well being. In addition, Dr. Paulson offers screenings and diagnostics for many important health concerns, including sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
Snoring may be considered an annoying sleep “habit”, but diagnosing the underlying cause of snoring is important for reducing the health risks associated with a sleep disorder. Many patients suffer unknowingly with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder that can significantly affect overall health if left untreated.
Dr. Paulson offers oral appliance therapy as an alternative to the CPAP to treat mild to moderate OSA, restoring a restful night of sleep and reducing the greater health risks associated with OSA.
About Sleep Apnea
OSA is becoming a commonly diagnosed sleep disorder, associated with several key risk factors:
- More common in men
- Being overweight or obese
- Having a larger neck circumference
- Being a smoker
Patients with OSA continually cease breathing momentarily during sleep, often restarting with a loud snore. Over time, this results in a significantly increased risk for heart attack and stroke, especially in those with existing cardiovascular disease.
Common Signs of Sleep Apnea
- Feeling groggy or sleepy during the day
- Dry mouth in the morning
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty concentrating
- Restless sleep, sudden waking
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, discuss your concerns wth Dr. Paulson during a consultation or at your next routine dental care visit. Addressing a sleep disorder as early as possible is important for your overall health.
Dr. Paulson will discuss your overall health, medical history and perform a thorough oral exam before recommending the best treatment option for your sleep disorder or snoring concerns.
In some cases, lifestyle adjustments can make a difference in the quality of your sleep and reduce the risks associated with a sleep disorder. These can include weight loss, exercise, reducing or eliminating alcohol or tobacco use.
For patients requiring treatment for OSA, Dr. Paulson offers oral appliance therapy to effectively treat symptoms and restore health. The CPAP is considered the “gold standard” of treatment for OSA, but the discomfort and inconvenience associated with the machine often leads to non compliance among patients. This can lead to a resurgence of symptoms and health risks.
Oral appliances are convenient, relatively comfortable and portable. This translates to better compliance, results from treatment and improved health. An oral appliance is much like a sports mouth guard and is custom fit to position the jaw correctly and prevent soft tissues at the back of the throat from collapsing during sleep.