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Improve Your Quality of Life by Treating Sleep Apnea in Gillette, WY

Millions of Americans – and those in their households – don’t get the deep, restful sleep they need for optimum health. If your sleep is disrupted night after night due to breathing disruptions, you need a solution for sleep apnea in Gillette, WY.

At Synergy Dental Center, Dr. David Porter can design a custom-fitted oral appliance that can help you:

  • End your loud, nightly snoring
  • Wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated
  • Feel more energetic throughout the day
  • Boost your mood and productivity
  • Improve your concentration at work
  • Stay more alert behind the wheel
  • Lower your risk for serious health problems
  • Get deep, quality sleep

We can also treat children with sleep-disordered breathing and airway problems through preventive orthodontics that help with healthy jaw and airway development.

Find out how Dr. Porter and our team can help you or your loved one get the kind of sleep needed to be healthier and happier. Call 307-228-7114 today to set up your appointment.

Treat Sleep Disorders With CPAP Alternatives

At Synergy Dental Center, Dr. Porter can screen you for a sleep disorder and offer a convenient at-home sleep test. If you are diagnosed with this condition, we can help you find a sleep apnea treatment that is right for you. Before your visit, you can do some self-screening of your own with the resources below:

The most common treatment option for adults is a CPAP (or continuous positive airway pressure) machine. These can be effective if they are used correctly. Unfortunately, experts estimate that as many as eight in 10 people with CPAP machines do not use them like they should. Some people are bothered by the sounds their machines make. Some people find the masks uncomfortable. In other cases, people simply find their machines to be too much trouble.

We offer an alternative to a CPAP that many of our patients consider more comfortable and convenient. With one of our custom-fitted oral appliances, your airways remain open throughout the night. You wear it like a mouthguard when you sleep. It will help you breathe easily, stop snoring, and stay asleep longer so you wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Your sleep apnea treatment options include:

  • Mandibular Advancement Device – This appliance gently shifts your lower jaw forward (along with your tongue) to keep your airway open while you relax to sleep. It is very comfortable, easy to use, and highly effective for many patients.
  • Nightlase® – This is another excellent option for patients who desire a non-invasive solution for their snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. We can use gentle laser therapy to tighten loose tissue around the top of your airway to create easier breathing for many patients. You’ll be free from all devices and appliances while you sleep!
  • Myofunctional Therapy – This treatment method focuses on correcting the tongue and facial muscles while at rest and swallowing. It can reduce sleep apnea in children and adults.

By visiting us for your sleep apnea, you’ll also improve your overall health. For example, we use the ReCODE Protocol program to diagnose and treat the dental health issues that can increase your risk for Alzheimer’s, including sleep apnea. By getting treatment for your sleep problems, you are reducing your risk for this disease in the future.

For help with sleep apnea in Gillette, WY, call 307-228-7114 now or schedule online for an appointment with Dr. Porter at Synergy Dental Center.

Common Questions About Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when you repeatedly stop breathing while sleeping. It is caused by your air passages becoming blocked by your tongue and other soft tissues in the rear of your throat. With your airway blocked, you stop breathing for a few seconds before waking up briefly to take in more air. Those with severe cases of sleep apnea can experience this hundreds of times per night.

Why is sleep apnea bad?

One common result of sleep apnea is excessive fatigue during the day. This makes it tough to concentrate or focus on tasks. Studies have linked it to sleepiness while driving, which can obviously be dangerous. In addition, research shows that sleep apnea leads to an increased incidence of high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and other health problems.

How is sleep apnea treated?

With obstructive sleep apnea, your airway slowly becomes constricted as you fall asleep. To treat it, you need to find a way to keep your airway open. A CPAP machine can help, but lots of people have problems using a CPAP consistently. We can design a custom-made oral appliance that shifts your jaw in a way that allows you to breathe freely throughout the night. You may also benefit from our gentle Nightlase® laser therapy. If your child is dealing with this issue, preventive orthodontics can provide relief.

How does sleep apnea affect the body?

Besides disrupting your sleep patterns and leaving you exhausted during the day, sleep apnea has been linked to several major health concerns. Sleep apnea contributes to heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, heart failure, diabetes, and depression. Getting help for sleep apnea now can improve your health and potentially help you live longer.