Treatment for Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Research shows that one in two adults snore during sleep.  

Did you know that your bed partner can lose up to an hour of sleep

each night due to your snoring?  This habit contributes to the nearly

one in four adults that have sleep apnea.  If you have been diagnosed
with Obstructive Sleep Apnea or believe you may have a sleep issue 
and would like to be evaluated please fill out the Registration/Screening. 

 

Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disordered Breathing

  • Snoring

  • Waking up due to gasping or choking

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

  • Irritability

  • Memory loss

  • Night time grinding of teeth

  • Restless or unrefreshed sleep

  • Frequent waking during sleep

 

While seeing our patients, we not only evaluate teeth, but also the airway.  Having a constricted airway can be a red flag for sleep disordered breathing.  By taking a home or hospital sleep study, many of our patients have been able to find out if they have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and find the appopriate treatment.  The gold standard for treatment of OSA is CPAP. Patient compliance with CPAP has always been an issue. Oral appliances may be used as a first line of therapy for patients with mild to moderate OSA.

We want our patients to understand sleep apnea is much more severe than snoring alone, because the airway becomes blocked and you actually stop breathing. In more pronounced cases of sleep apnea, referred to OSA, this airway blockage happens repeatedly and the body can go for minutes without air. The brain then jolts the person awake, startled and gasping for air.  

Untreated Sleep Apnea Can Lead to These Serious Health Conditions

  • Chronic Sleepiness

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Heart Attack

  • Stroke

  • Heartburn

  • Depression

  • Impotence

  • Death

Unlike the CPAP Machine, which supplies oxygen through a nasal and oral mask, the oral appliances we make are portable, convenient, customized just for you and comfortable enough to sleep with throughout the whole night. 

An easy, reliable and comfortable sleep apnea solutions is available right here in Big Rapids and Mecosta. Sleep apnea could be compromising your health and happiness, consult with our doctors to benefit from their specialized training for sleep apnea relief. 

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Mecosta Hours:

Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuesday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

(one Saturday per month)

 

Big Rapids Hours:

Monday - Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Mecosta Office

7255 Nine Mile Rd.

PO Box 236

Mecosta, MI 49332
mecosta@preferencedental.com

Tel: 231-972-7104

Fax: 231-972-7250

Big Rapids Office

826 North State St., Suite A

PO Box 1009C

Big Rapids, MI 49307
bigrapids@preferencedental.com

Tel: 231-598-9348

Fax: 231-352-0371

 

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