Sleep Apnea Treatment
Dental appliance alternative to CPAP stops snoring to control sleep apnea.
“I had both sleep apnea and insomnia! I used a c-pap for eight years and it didn’t work. Getting a couple hours sleep a night made life miserable and there were days I felt like giving up on life. Then, I heard Dr. Barr on the radio – we made an appointment – and that was the day I got my life back! Now I sleep so sound I actually dream. I pulled my motorcycle out for the first time in years! My wife says I’m the energizer bunny. I’ll never be able to thank Dr. Barr enough!”
– Mark Loos
Sleep apnea is a serious disease. If it isn’t treated it can have serious consequences.
Dr. David Barr, a Wausau area dentist with Cedar Creek Dental and member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, has personal experience with sleep apnea. It stopped his breathing hundreds of times a night increasing his risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, a heart attack, stroke and many other health problems.
Dr. Barr now wears a small, easy to use device, similar to a retainer that moves his jaw slightly forward to keep his airway open while he sleeps. As a result, he no longer snores, his wife is happier, and he feels healthy again.
Sleep apnea disrupts normal brain activity and relaxation. The risk of auto accidents is eight times greater than normal sleepers! Sleep apnea is serious and can strike anyone at any age yet most cases remain undiagnosed and untreated. You are at risk if you:
- Wake up tired in the morning
- Fall asleep easily during the day or at inappropriate times like driving, watching TV, reading, at theaters…
- You or your partner notice interruptions in your breathing pattern during sleep
Cedar Creek Dental provides screening and a monitoring unit to determine how many sleep interruptions occur during the night. If sleep apnea is diagnosed, an oral appliance may be an effective alternative to the more cumbersome CPAP machine. As mentioned, the appliance is small and similar to an orthodontic retainer. It works by moving the base of your tongue forward to open the airway. Each appliance is fabricated and customized to fit your specific oral needs.
As Dr. Barr can verify, the appliance is well tolerated by most patients. It can also make a major difference in preventing sleep apnea and improving your health. If you snore – call Cedar Creek Dental for a free consult with Dr. Barr today!