Sleep experts have all kinds of tips for getting a good night’s rest: don’t eat too late, don’t drink alcohol before bed, go to bed and wake up at the same times every day, sleep in a dark and quiet room and on and on. You’ve tried all of these, but you still find that you’re sleepy during the day. Maybe the problem isn’t the way you go to sleep, but how you sleep at night. A condition called sleep apnea may be robbing you of sleep and you probably don’t even know it. For residents of Lansing, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated at Hagerty Dentistry. To help you, Dr. John Hagerty will answer some basic questions about sleep apnea.
Dr. Hagerty, what is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that pauses or even stops breathing while you sleep. These episodes can last for a few seconds or up to a minute, and they can actually happen hundreds of times a night. The problem starts when tissue in your throat relaxes around your airway. When this occurs, your breathing passage can become blocked, so you’re unable to breathe normally. A common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring, which is the sound that results when air vibrates the tissue that surrounds your throat.
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
We begin with a sleep apnea consultation. For some patients, our complementary take-home sleep study is enough to provide sufficient evidence to diagnose sleep apnea. You can complete this study in the comfort of your own bed. Other patients may need to spend the night at a sleep clinic or have their condition diagnosed by a medical doctor. We’ll be able to advise you during your consultation.
Do you treat sleep apnea?
Yes, we treat sleep apnea with an oral appliance. We prescribe a custom-designed version called a Moses appliance. Worn every night, this custom-fitted oral appliance shifts your lower forward so that your tongue or throat tissue cannot block your airway. The Moses appliance is not bulky, and most patients say they are not uncomfortable wearing it every night—a distinct advantage over a CPAP machine.
Call Our Office Today
If you’ve tried everything to get a better night of sleep but have been unsuccessful, then schedule an appointment at Hagerty Dentistry. If the diagnosis is sleep apnea, Lansing dentist Dr. John Hagerty will work with you to effectively treat this condition with an oral appliance. Have a good night and sleep tight!