Sleep Apnea Treatment In East Lansing, Michigan

Welcome to East Lansing Modern Dental, where we specialize in providing top-quality sleep apnea treatment in East Lansing, Michigan. If you or a loved one is struggling with sleep apnea, our dedicated team is here to help you achieve restful and healthy sleep.

What causes snoring?

Snoring is often caused by poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat. It happens when your tongue falls backwards and touches the back of your throat where it can restrict normal airflow. When this happens, your tongue and throat vibrate with each breath, causing snoring. Sometimes large tonsils and adenoids can cause snoring.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

We all know what snoring is, but not everyone knows about a condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It’s a debilitating sleep disorder that can significantly affect all aspects of your life. It’s caused by relaxed throat muscles and snoring is a symptom.

With OSA, breathing stops and starts during sleep, repeatedly all night long. People with OSA can experience these additional symptoms:

During the night:

  • snoring
  • gasping for air
  • dry mouth

During the day:

  • headaches upon waking
  • insomnia
  • sleepiness, tiredness, grogginess
  • distraction & decreased focus
  • irritability
  • depression

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

Often a partner or spouse will notice your symptoms during sleep. You may notice symptoms that manifest during the daytime. As a dentist in East Lansing, we can help.

We’ll evaluate your symptoms and medical history before referring you to a sleep specialist who will also evaluate your symptoms and medical history, plus your current physical health and perform a “sleep study.”

A sleep study analyzes both how you sleep and how your body responds to issues related to sleep. The study records your vital signs, the amount of oxygen in your blood, the air movement through your system, your brain activity, your chest movements, and your snoring. And if you do have OSA, it will determine the severity. The sleep study and the physical exam may also shed light on the cause of your OSA.

What is the most successful treatment for sleep apnea?

The most successful treatment for sleep apnea varies depending on the individual. Common treatments include Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, which is highly effective for many patients. Oral appliance therapy and lifestyle changes can also be successful, particularly for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea.

Is there a way to permanently fix sleep apnea?

While there is no guaranteed permanent fix for sleep apnea, certain treatments can significantly reduce or eliminate symptoms. Lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, can have a lasting impact. In some cases, surgical options may provide a more permanent solution, but these are typically considered when other treatments are not effective.

Oral appliances can help!

For many of our patients who suffer from sleep apnea, we prescribe an oral appliance called a mandibular advancement device. Also known as a dental sleep device, it is one of the most commonly used oral appliances. It looks like a sports mouthguard. Its function is to bring the lower jaw forward to help keep the throat muscles (which collapse during sleep apnea) tight, so that they can’t drop to obstruct your breath.

If you suspect you suffer from OSA, your first step is to contact us at (517) 210-0428. We’ll do a thorough exam of your teeth, mouth, and jaw to determine whether you are a good candidate for a custom-fitted device.