Do you snore?
Do you have hypertension?
Do you have CPAP?
Do you suffer from heartburn?
Are you overweight?
Do you have Diabetes or Type II Diabetes?
Do you have frequent headaches?
Are you tired during the day?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be one of the millions of Americans suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea results from an obstruction in the nasal passages or oral airway. During sleep, the body relaxes. The soft tissue in the back of the throat relaxes as well. In a normal airway, relaxed tissue does not create an obstruction. However, in those who suffer with sleep apnea, that tissue collapses in on itself. When collapsed tissues cause an obstruction, it is difficult to breathe through the confined space that remains. Snoring is the sound heard when air passes through the relaxed tissue, a sign that an obstruction exists.
Sometimes, the tissue collapses so severely that it blocks the airway completely and breathing is impossible. The result is an apneic event. The heart and lungs panic, sending a distress signal to the brain. The brain, in turn, floods the body with adrenalin and quickens the heartbeat. The chest heaves as its muscles try to force the body awake in order to restore airway muscle tone and allow air to pass to the lungs again. The body succeeds and for a moment the airway opens, the individuals gasps and breathes, and then promptly falls back asleep.
Depending on the severity of the sleep disordered breathing problem, this could happen hundreds of times each night, affecting the cardiovascular system, causing depression, sexual dysfunction, or even death. The bad news is that most people don’t remember upon awakening, but instead notice headaches, daytime tiredness, hypertension, and other signs.
Dr. Dr. Michael Doblin will evaluate your airway to discover if you have an obstruction that could result in sleep disordered breathing, or sleep apnea. Treatment involves the placement of your airway in its optimal breathing position with oral appliance therapy. What separates Dr. Doblin from other dentists treating sleep apnea is his experience and compassion for helping others. The improvement you will experience with an oral appliance while allowing your jaw to be in the most comfortable positions is diminished, if not completely eliminated snoring. The whole process from screening to the fitting of your oral appliance is quick and the treatment is painless; the results are almost instant. Oral appliance therapy is covered by most medical insurances, so if you’re ready to gain vitality and live a much healthier life, contact Dr. Doblin at 201-396-9338 for your appointment.
Dr. Doblin graduated from the top of his class at the University of Missouri in 1972. He held a successful dental practice for over 37 years. Dr. Doblin has been exclusively involved in treating snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, and upper airway resistance syndrome with non-invasive Oral Appliance Therapy for the past five years. He is dedicated to educating people and helping them sleep better and live longer, healthier lives.