Sleep Apnea Treatment in Farmington Hills, MI
Alternatives to CPAP With Dr. Shlafer
Sleep apnea is a disorder that obstructs your airway overnight, interfering with your ability to breathe. This causes you to wake up constantly throughout the night, often without even realizing it.
In addition to preventing you from sleeping well, sleep apnea can lead to serious health consequences without treatment. Explore our guide to learn more about sleep apnea and how Dr. Shlafer can relieve your symptoms with an oral appliance.
Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
It’s especially crucial to be aware of any potential sleep apnea symptoms if you fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Over 40
- Large neck circumference
- Family history of sleep apnea
If any of these common risk factors apply to you, we recommend undergoing a sleep test for the sake of precaution.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can lead to a variety of debilitating symptoms, including:
- Loud, frequent snoring
- Gasping or choking sounds while you sleep
- Fatigue and drowsiness duing the day
- Headaches in the morning
- Short-term memory problems
- Lack of attention span
- Decreased libido
Call our office right away if you're experiencing any of these symptoms.
Treating Sleep Apnea
In order to determine if you suffer from sleep apnea, you’ll have to take a sleep test and review the results with a qualified sleep doctor. Once you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, the first treatment recommended is often a CPAP machine.
This machine pumps pressurized air through a mask that’s worn over your nose while you sleep. Though it can be effective when used properly, many patients find it too loud and uncomfortable. As a result, long-term compliance rates for CPAP are low.
For a more comfortable and less invasive solution, Dr. Shlafer recommends oral appliance therapy.
Oral Appliance Therapy
If you’re tired of your CPAP mask or want to avoid using one entirely, Dr. Shlafer can customize an oral appliance just for you. Worn overnight, this device will gently shift your lower jaw forward and prevent your tongue from collapsing to keep your airway open.
These devices are comfortable to wear, easy to travel with, and totally silent. They also allow you to sleep in any position you want, while wearing a CPAP mask forces you to sleep on your back.
In combination with moderate lifestyle changes such as losing weight or drinking less alcohol, an oral appliance will eliminate your symptoms and protect your health.
Visit Dr. Shlafer for Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you have sleep apnea, a CPAP machine isn’t the only treatment option for you. Instead, visit Dr. Shlafer for a customized oral appliance and get the quality sleep you deserve.
Call our office in Farmington Hills at (248) 781-0040 and schedule a free consultation today.