Snoring can be a sign

Snoring may indicate serious health issues.

If you snore or stop breathing during sleep, our dentist may treat you for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by frequent pauses and interruptions in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway.

Sleep apnea treatment helps open your airways up during sleep so your breathing is unobstructed. If left untreated, sleep apnea has been linked to a wide range of serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.

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Dentist and Doctor collaboration

Our dentist can work with your doctor to help.

Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. If you are concerned you may be suffering from sleep apnea, we encourage you to talk to your dentist, as well as your doctor. Please contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule a visit with Dr. Piero, the best dentist in Holland, MI today.

Common Signs of Sleep Apnea

  • Extreme drowsiness during the day
  • Irritability and personality changes, usually noted by friends or family
  • Difficulty achieving deep sleep
  • Excessive snoring
  • Very dry or sore throat upon waking
  • Frequent morning headaches

Oral Appliances

These help address and correct the causes of snoring.

Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. For patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend an oral appliance. Our oral appliance fits over the teeth and helps keep the airway open during sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that keeps the airway from being obstructed while you sleep.