More Than a Snore

Are you constantly being told to quiet your snoring? Does your partner sleep in the other room because they can’t deal with the noise? You think it’s harmless, but do you know snoring can be the sign of a more serious problem?

“Obstructive sleep apnea is common. Making jokes about your spouse’s snoring may seem funny, but snoring is not normal or healthy. When your breathing becomes obstructed (snoring) or stops (sleep apnea), even for a short while, it can have severe health risks.” – Dr. Higgins

Sleep Apnea

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The Real Issue

Loud snoring is often caused by sleep apnea, a condition where the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes when you sleep, obstructing your airway. Since they can’t breath, sleep apnea sufferers are constantly waking up throughout the night, fighting for air. Left untreated, sleep apnea can result in serious health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.

Still not sure if you have sleep apnea?

These are some common symptoms related to the condition:

Dry Mouth or Sore Throat

Constant Exhaustion

Inability to Focus

Moodiness & Irritability

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At about 32 years into operating your own business, many business owners start to think about the next chapter of their life in retirement. But not Dr. Higgins and Dr. Holsinger. Instead, we are moving full steam ahead with our eye toward innovation and a heart full of energy and enthusiasm — the qualities often found when launching a new practice. In line with the practice’s strategic goal to strive for excellence in improving overall health and well being of its patients, we have invested more than 18 months for advanced training to incorporate sleep apnea services into the practice.

“We are concerned about our patient’s long-term good health so when we see a problem, we ask questions. Since many people see their dentists more often than their primary care doctors, dentists are in a unique position to identify possible sleep disorders.” – Dr. Higgins

Return to Sound Sleep

If ignored, sleep apnea can increase your risk of:

Hypertension and stroke
Heart disease and heart attacks
Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety
Exhaustion that can lead to personal safety issues

As dentists, we have the ability to treat sleep apnea and restore your well being. While CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines are commonly used to treat this condition, we have a better solution that doesn’t involve this cumbersome machine.

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“The CPAP (a machine that provides continuous positive airway pressure) is 100 percent effective to give a person oxygen while they sleep, but compliance is a problem with the typical CPAP machine. Once a patient is diagnosed with snoring or sleep apnea, many times we can provide him or her with a dental oral appliance that helps them not only breathe better and get a good night’s sleep, but also can improve their overall health. Making our patients healthier has been a major tenet of our practice from day one.” – Dr. Holsinger

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Advantages of Oral Appliances

CPAP machines can be more of a hassle than a help. Why trade in the noise of snoring for the noise of a CPAP? Simple, and discrete oral appliances are just as effective at treating sleep apnea without the drawbacks of a clunky machine.

We fit our sleep apnea patients with an oral appliance that is worn while they sleep. It provides relief from snoring and the associated symptoms of sleep apnea. Additionally, the advantages of an oral appliance include:

  • Travel made easy, no need to drag around a machine.
  • Doesn’t add unwanted noise. Your partner will thank you!
  • Allows you to get a comfortable night’s sleep in your preferred position. You aren’t restricted to lying only on your back.

Get the Facts

Sleep apnea is a common breathing disorder. 1 in 5 people suffer from the condition. Knowing the facts about sleep apnea will help you make a better informed decision regarding treatment.

Are You At Risk?

We see sleep apnea patients of all ages, but most commonly in males over the age of 40. There are several other factors that can increase the likelihood of having sleep apnea, as well. Recognize any of these?

  • Excessive weight
  • A neck circumference that is 17 inches or greater
  • Larger than average sized tongue or tonsils
  • Having a cold, allergies, or sinus infection that causes nasal blockage
  • Family history of sleep apnea

Concerned about the long term health impacts of sleep apnea?

We are happy to discuss treatment options with you. Call our office today for a consultation.

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