Snoring & Sleep Apnea An Overview
Dentistry is not just limited to the cleaning and care of the teeth and gums. Dr. Spink practices what is known as “complete dentistry”, considering the patient as a whole to treat underlying problems and conditions associated with the function of the bite, tooth position, and the jaw joints. Dental sleep medicine is a concentration of Dr. Spink’s, who is a member of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM)
Why choose Dr. Spink for treating sleep apnea?
Dr. Spink has advanced training and an in-depth understanding of the role that your oral structure and dental health can play in the development of sleep disorders. This enables Dr. Spink to provide comprehensive care for patients at risk or diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Dr. Spink is a member of Vivos, a professional organization providing diagnostic tools and treatments that can support better outcomes for patients with sleep-disordered breathing and sleep apnea. We offer comprehensive services for treating your sleep disorder and educating you on how to manage and improve symptoms.
Snoring occurs when the soft tissue structures of the upper airway collapse and vibrate during sleep, producing the sound known as snoring. While snoring alone is not a major medical concern, it may be an indication of a more serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The prevalence of sleep apnea increases with age and it is estimated that as many as 50% of senior men and women may suffer from the disorder. OSA can be exacerbated by obesity.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common of the sleep-related breathing disorder. Patients who suffer from OSA stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, caused by a blockage of the airway that occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the mouth collapses. Over time, the interruption in the flow of oxygen as a result of the blocked airway sets the stage for an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and hypertension.
Diagnosing and treating OSA early can help patients restore their health and get a better night’s sleep. Dr. Spink looks for the oral signs of sleep apnea during routine dental exams and works with patients to identify their unique risk factors for this and other health concerns.
I have suffered from Sleep Apnea for many years and I have tried, without any success, to wear the three CPAP machines I have had during this time. It finally began to take its toll on me this year. I started “nodding off” trying to watch TV programs, at work, and driving. My doctors said there was nothing else for Sleep Apnea except the CPAP, but my sister saw Dr. Spink on TV and called me with the phone number and I am so much better wearing my mouthpiece now. The snoring is almost gone. I have more energy and I am not falling asleep at inopportune times. I recommend this product highly. And I love Dr. Spink and his staff.Kathryn B.
It had been so long since I had a good night sleep. I didn’t know what it was like. After I visited SPINK DENTISTRY, my wife, my kids, and even my dogs are much happier. I feel better every day. No drowsiness or tossing at night. I got results the first night. I think it will help my blood pressure and other issues. It was a quick and easy process and the people were outstanding. Thank you.Richard D.
Since I began using my oral appliance, I can tell that the quality and quantity of my sleep has definitely improved. I’m no longer tired during the day and I’ve regained a mental edge that I haven’t felt in years on a consistent basis. I no longer am dependent on large volumes of coffee to keep me up and running throughout the day. Best of all, I no longer snore…a fact that my wife and family greatly appreciate! My oral appliance is custom made and Dr. Spink has gladly made several adjustments to it when necessary to ensure that it remains completely comfortable and effective. Dr Spink and his staff are always friendly, courteous, and professional. They always take the time and effort to make sure that their patients are completely satisfied. I highly recommend them!John E.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea What to Expect
Prompt diagnosis and treatment for a sleep disorder such as OSA are important in order to lower the health risks associated with this sleep disorder, including stroke. Dr. Spink will evaluate your health history and recommend the best treatment option based on a thorough exam.
IF YOU CAN’T WEAR A CPAP – WE CAN HELP!
Treatment for OSA will vary based on the individual diagnosis. Certain lifestyle changes can help to alleviate the symptoms of OSA including weight loss, smoking cessation and eliminating alcohol and sedative use. Dr. Spink offers oral appliance therapy using a range of providers, including DNA, Somnodent or The Moses appliance.
The CPAP is the gold standard treatment for sleep apnea but often has a poor compliance level. Patients often find the CPAP to be uncomfortable. An oral appliance, when used consistently, has been proven to reduce symptoms of sleep apnea and lower the health risks associated with this type of sleep disorder.
Oral appliance therapy is suited for those who have mild to moderate OSA and those who do not respond to, are not appropriate candidates for, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP. If you have tried CPAP and found it uncomfortable, wake up to a brilliant alternative treatment for OSA. The difference in comfort and tolerance will astound you.
Dr. Spink works hand in hand with sleep physicians to find the best solution for his patients and constantly monitors their treatment. Oral appliance therapy is evidence-based to be highly effective in treating OSA.
Some of its benefits include:
- Better quality of sleep
- Mobility of the jaw, you can drink and talk while the appliance is in
- Device is typically small and compact
- More comfortable for the patient
- Easy to travel with- it can fit in your pocket!