When men and women in Rochester Hills, MI hear the words “dental office,” they think of cleanings, examinations, and fillings. However, did you know that Dr. John L. Aurelia can also help you with common sleep solutions?
What is dental sleep medicine?
Many sleeping issues such as snoring and sleep apnea can be handled by a dentist. Dr. Aurelia and his staff are dedicated to helping patients with a wide range of concerns with the use of oral appliance therapy. Sleep breathing disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea and chronic snoring, can be addressed with the use of a specialized mouth guard. Dental sleep medicine gives patients an opportunity to treat their conditions without cumbersome devices such as the CPAP machine, often recommended by physicians for patients who have OSA (obstructive sleep apnea).
What is OSA?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that can develop when there is a blockage in the airway while patients sleep. This causes them to wake up, sometimes hundreds of times in one night. Patients who have OSA will often experience the following symptoms:
- Inability to stay asleep at night
- Awaking in the middle of the night
- Daytime fatigue
- Reduced memory and concentration
- Increased depression and anxiety
When a sleep study is performed by a doctor and it has been determined that obstructive sleep apnea is the reason for a patient’s tiredness, they will typically be told to use a CPAP machine. This cumbersome device is often uncomfortable for patients, and many stop complying with treatment. However, with oral appliance therapy, patients can wear a specialized mouth guard that fits comfortably and provides a solution. This same oral appliance can be used for patients with chronic snoring issues.
Learn about sleep solutions with a professional dental team
(248) 243-6044 to book an appointment with Dr. John L. Aurelia and his staff in Rochester Hills, MI to discuss the advantages of sleep disorders and effective treatments with dental sleep medicine. Our practice is conveniently located in 804 N. Main Street #201A and regularly accepts new patients.