Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment – a Diplomate in the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
An estimated 30 to 50% of Americans snore while sleeping. Unfortunately, many do not realize their obstructed breathing could be a sign of a serious health condition called sleep apnea. While not everyone who snores has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), snoring can be an indicator of the life-threatening condition. If you snore, or often feel fatigued throughout the day due to disrupted sleeping habits, Dr. Wayne G. Suway may be able to help with advanced dentistry treatment.
By wearing a custom oral appliance designed by Dr. Suway, you could be enjoying a full night’s sleep once again. If you live or work in Vinings, Smyrna/Sandy Springs, Marietta, Cumberland/Windy Hill or the surrounding areas, alleviate your sleeping problems and eliminate your health risks by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Suway today!
Dr. Suway is a Diplomate in the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Wayne Suway has been our family dentist for 40 + years. About 7 years ago, I spoke to Dr. Suway about my snoring and waking up a lot at night and not sleeping well. He recommended I do the process to see if I may have sleep apnea and referred me to a sleep physician. I did it and it was pretty severe. He made an appliance for me to wear at night. From the very beginning, I slept better and my husband said I didn’t snore. I wore that appliance for about 7 years and wore it out till it was broken. I just got another one. It works great and the appliance is very comfortable with such ease of putting in and taking out. It is also very easy to clean. I have been very pleased since day one.
What is Sleep Apnea?
The word “apnea” is defined as the temporary cessation of breathing. Many people who snore have the serious condition known as sleep apnea. While snoring is typically caused by the tongue partially blocking the airways, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a result of the complete blockage of the pharyngeal airway.
People with OSA repeatedly stop breathing throughout the night anywhere from 10 to 90 seconds, which poses many health risks. Severe sleep apnea sufferers may experience up to 500 apneas per night. When you are not breathing, your body does not receive oxygen, making you more prone to developing serious and chronic diseases.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms:
- Pauses in breathing typically last 10 seconds
- Severe cases may last up to 30 seconds
- Loud snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea
- Pauses can recur throughout the sleep cycle
- May result in frequent awakenings and sleep fragmentation
OSA is an alarmingly common condition. It is estimated that nearly 1 in 5 American adults has mild OSA and 1 in 15 has moderate to severe OSA. As many as 60 million Americans could be living with undiagnosed OSA and not even know it.
The Risks of Sleep Apnea
OSA can be difficult to recognize, as most people have no recollection of it ever happening. If the condition continues to go unnoticed and is not treated, people can experience serious, if not fatal, outcomes. Some sleep apnea risks including the following:
- Morning headaches
- Gastric reflux
- Memory problems
- High blood pressure
- Sexual dysfunction
- Heart disease
- Sudden cardiac death
Dr. Wayne Suway can help detect and treat this chronic breathing problem, giving you hope for a more rested and healthier future.
When a patient wants to address snoring or sleep apnea, Dr. Suway performs a complete examination and diagnostic questionnaire. Dr. Suway also works with Sleep Physicians that treat patients with sleep apnea. Depending on the individual patient, a Sleep Physician may prescribe sleep tests to learn more about your sleeping pattern, such as how you sleep and breathe at night.
The CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device proves to be an effective solution for sleep apnea, but most people find them too uncomfortable to tolerate. As a result, Dr. Suway offers alternative FDA-approved solutions that are more comfortable for patients who cannot tolerate the CPAP. Dr. Suway works with each patient to find the most comfortable and most beneficial treatment option for patients who suffer from a constricted airway while sleeping.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Suway for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Dr. Suway has been practicing dentistry for over 35 years. He is a Diplomate in the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and is highly experienced in the treatment of sleep apnea. By working directly with you, Dr. Suway can relieve your sleep apnea symptoms and help you, and your partner, receive a better night’s sleep.
Contact a Diplomate in the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine Dr. Wayne G. Suway Today!
If you would like to learn more about the treatment of sleep apnea, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our Sleep Apnea & Snoring Dentist today!