Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment

Many people snore occasionally when they are sleeping. However, when snoring constantly accompanies sleep, it can be a symptom of a more serious sleep disorder. Sleep apnea affects an estimated 22 million Americans and can have serious health risks. It is often left undiagnosed and untreated. With proper diagnosis and treatment from a qualified dentist, patients with sleep apnea can greatly reduce their health risks, stop snoring and improve their quality of sleep.

Dr. Wayne Suway is one of a select group of master dentists, with over 30 years practicing advanced dentistry. One of his areas of expertise is obstructive sleep apnea, offering advanced diagnostic and treatment methods. Residents living in the greater Atlanta area, including Marietta and East Cobb, can find relief from snoring and sleep apnea by scheduling an exam with Dr. Suway at our clinic.

Sleep apnea is a disorder where the affected person stops breathing during sleep. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is when the airway becomes blocked by oral tissues or the tongue. Snoring occurs when a partial blockage is present. When a complete airway blockage occurs, there can be oxygen deprivation for a minute or longer. These episodes can occur hundreds of times per night, putting stress on the cardiovascular system and interrupting REM sleep.

What Are the Signs of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea can go undiagnosed for many years. Since it occurs when sleeping, many people do not know they are at risk. Snoring is the most noticeable symptom, but many people snore and do not have OSA. There is usually a combination of symptoms that are present, depending on the severity of the condition. Some common signs of OSA include:

  • Fatigue and drowsiness, even after a full night of sleep
  • Snoring and gasping during sleep
  • Frequently waking during sleep
  • Memory and mental clarity issues
  • Morning headaches
  • Acid reflux
  • Sexual dysfunction

The signs of sleep apnea are actually symptoms of sleep deprivation. Every time the airway is blocked, REM sleep can be interrupted. Even if a person does not completely wake up, the quality of their sleep is diminished. What is more concerning is that the constant stress from oxygen deprivation can cause high blood pressure and lead to higher risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes and sudden cardiac death.

Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Diagnosing sleep apnea requires a professional evaluation. Dr. Suway has the expertise needed to determine whether a patient has OSA or just is a chronic snorer. To provide a diagnosis for sleep apnea, Dr. Suway uses a questionnaire of symptoms and performs a physical oral exam. If he believes a patient may have sleep apnea, an at-home sleep study unit to measure and monitor sleep and breathing patterns will be used. This comprehensive approach ensures Dr. Suway can accurately diagnose OSA and create a treatment plan to help alleviate health risks, snoring and other symptoms.

Non-Invasive Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Dr. Suway uses the dorsal appliance for sleep apnea treatment. This intraoral device is much less invasive than wearing a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device, which is effective but too intrusive for many people to use. The dorsal appliance is similar to a mouthguard and is customized to be comfortable and allow normal mouth movement. The device stops snoring and helps keep the airway open to reduce the health risk and symptoms of sleep apnea.

If you live in Marietta or East Cobb and suffer from chronic snoring, schedule an appointment with Dr. Suway to determine whether you have sleep apnea. We offer effective treatments for snoring and sleep apnea to give you relief.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD.

Our Patient Reviews

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Missy Stone

I have known Dr. Suway for 30 years. My parents found him originally and made me a believer and life long friend and patient. In the years since, I have recommended my husband, son and friends. I would hear that going to the dentist was a fear of many people. I could never understand that because it was always a pleasure to come to Dr. Suway’s office. His staff are so professional, gentle and kind. It’s nice to see the same faces twice a year. You can tell they love working with him. I tell people that Dr. Suway gives the best shots – you can’t even feel a pinch. My son who hates needles, has no problem getting a shot for a filling. I love Dr. Suway’s personality. When you walk in the office you might hear him singing a country western song. I have porcelain veneers on my front teeth and am so thrilled. It’s been 10 years and they are still white and beautiful. He is an artist and perfectionist who loves to make people happy. I recommend Dr. Suway to become your dentist. He is a man of character and professionalism, yet down to earth. If you choose Dr. Suway, you’ll get an excellent dentist, but also a friend for life.

Dennis & Maria Liber

Dr. Suway is very relaxed and as a result we find that we are very relaxed as well. He takes the time to listen when we have concerns and he answers questions fully. We never feel like he is rushing from us to another patient. When we do need fillings, crowns or any other extensive work, he is concerned that we are comfortable and feeling no pain.

Nealean K. Austin

Through the years, we have found Dr. Suway to be a skillful perfectionist in all areas of his profession. He keeps abreast of and utilizes the latest dental techniques to improve and ensure the longevity of his patient’s teeth. He is a caring, personable professional who always greets his patients with a sincere, ready smile. Dr. Suway is also a ‘confidence booster.’ I say this because by the time I was 30 years old I was wearing dentures. He immediately recognized a self-conscious young wife, mother and professional who needed his professional help. His approach to boosting my confidence was through dental implants. At that time dental implants were a relatively new procedure. Dr. Suway carefully explained to me the advantages of dental implants and was proactive in working with my insurance provider to ensure that they understood the correlation between the required dental procedures and health plan benefits. I can smile with confidence forever because of Dr. Suway. Dr. Suway’s staff is a mirror image of his positive professionalism. They are always courteous, knowledgeable, efficient and personable. Appointments are scheduled at your convenience. You know that your time is valued because at the precise time of your appointment you are greeted, then immediately seen by either Dr. Suway or a hygienist. His work is outstanding and he is one of a kind.

Allison Lewis

My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Suway since 1988. Dr. Suway and his staff have provided us with state-of-the-art oral health care in a pleasant, friendly and compassionate environment for many years. Dr. Suway has done many procedures for me including root canals, crowns and a bridge. His work is beautiful. He is truly a perfectionist and that is exactly what I want in a dentist. I would never trust my smile to anyone other then Dr. Suway.