Sleep Apnea & Snoring in Grand Rapids

Sleep Apnea & Snoring

Sleep Apnea – Treatment without a mask that works

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea & SnoringSleep apnea is an ongoing disorder in which breathing stops, or becomes too shallow, during sleep. (Apnea: Greek, “without breath.”) It can happen dozens or even hundreds of times a night. Treatment is crucial because it interrupts the deep sleep phase, causing sleep deprivation, which can lead to serious health conditions.

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we are experienced and can help you with a comfortable and non-invasive treatment for sleep apnea.

Types of sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea

The most common form of sleep apnea, Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, involves the tissues at the back of your throat. The airway collapses, and becomes blocked, usually producing loud snoring. Breathing and deep sleep become disrupted. This can be caused by being overweight or by enlarged tissues such as tonsils.

Central Sleep Apnea

Less common than obstructive sleep apnea, this type occurs when the area of the brain doesn’t send the correct signals to your breathing muscles. As a result, breathing stops for brief periods.

Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you may be suffering from sleep apnea:

  • Irritability or trouble concentrating
  • Drowsy driving
  • Choking, snorting or gasping during sleep
  • Loud snoring that disturbs the sleep of yourself and others
  • Morning headaches
  • Long (10 seconds or longer) pauses in breathing
  • Daytime sleepiness, regardless of the amount of hours you were in bed
  • Mouth breathing in children
  • Hyperactivity in children

Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea & Snoring in Grand Rapids

An oral appliance is used to treat sleep apnea by gently opening the airways so you can breathe better.

For mild to moderate sleep apnea, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends dental devices as an alternative to CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). If you’ve been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea and are not able to tolerate treatment with a CPAP, you can be helped with one of our custom-fitted appliances.

We will take impressions and design an oral appliance to perfectly fit your mouth. The appliance is worn while you sleep. It effectively keeps the airway open so you breathe comfortably throughout the night, sleeping deeply and uninterrupted by snoring or breathing pauses!

The more comfortable alternative to CPAP

CPAP requires that you wear a mask while a constant stream of air is pumped into the attached breathing tube. Many people find this treatment intolerable and have trouble sleeping with it. Oral appliance therapy is much less invasive and easier to use than a mask.

No more loud snoring!

Sleep Apnea & SnoringSnoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. This is due to the collapsed tissues at the back of the throat vibrating and making noise. If you snore, you may have sleep apnea. If you have been diagnosed as not having sleep apnea, but snore anyway, you can be helped with one of our snore guards.

Dr. Mulder will examine you, take impressions and fit you with your own custom appliance. This will help you sleep peacefully and help prevent snoring from disturbing you – or your loved ones!

To make an appointment, call 616.455.8400 or click here to request an appointment online.