Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment - DreamSleep Certified!
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!
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 OSA1. 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. He will send you home with a sleep study unit to gather more information about your sleeping patterns, such as how you sleep and breathe at night. Depending on whether your results show instances of snoring difficulties or sleep apnea, Dr. Suway will recommend a personalized treatment plan.
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 the Dorsal Appliance as an alternative. He finds it to be the most beneficial treatment for patients suffering from a constricted airway while sleeping. The appliance is an intraoral device similar to a fitted mouth guard that keeps your airway open. It is worn at night and eliminates all signs of snoring and sleep apnea without limiting your ability to open your mouth, yawn or speak.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Suway for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Dr. Suway has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years and has been awarded a Mastership of Dentistry by the Academy of General Dentistry, a distinction claimed by less than 2,500 dentists in the United States. He has studied 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.
Choose Dr. Suway because he is DreamSleep Certified
Our office has been DreamSleep Certified for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea. DreamSleep is a national network of Dentists and Physicians working together to raise awareness and treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
DreamSleep Certification means every member of our sleep team has received intensive training on sleep medicine, oral appliance therapy and collaboration with physicians for testing and diagnosis.
All DreamSleep providers:
● Are required to achieve accreditation in the fundamentals of dental sleep medicine and oral appliance therapy for sleep-related breathing disorders
● Refer patients at risk to qualified physicians for diagnosis and prescription of an appropriate therapy
● Use objective data to verify the efficacy of oral appliance therapy as permitted within their scope of practice and in accordance with their state dental practice acts
● Refer patients back to physicians for confirmation of treatment efficacy after fitting and titration of an oral appliance
● Provide timely, appropriate and ongoing follow-up care to manage dental-related side effects of oral appliance therapy
We believe that close teamwork with physicians is essential for successful management of sleep-related breathing disorders using oral appliance therapy.
Contact DreamSleep Certified 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!