Sleep Apnea Call To Restore Restful Sleep
  • Stay focused & alert during the day
  • You & your child will enjoy a quality night’s rest
  • Replace your CPAP machine with an easy oral device

Find Lasting Relief With Our Solutions for Sleep Apnea in Sturgis, SD

When you struggle with sleep apnea, your entire household is impacted. Snoring and waking up gasping for breath interrupts everyone’s sleep and has a negative effect on your overall health. If you’re ready for a good night’s rest, we have the solution for sleep apnea in Sturgis, SD. By visiting Synergy Dental Center, Dr.Porter can recommend a treatment that will:

  • Put an end to your loud snoring
  • Help you wake up feeling refreshed
  • Allow you to sleep through the night without interruption
  • Eliminate daytime fatigue
  • Improve your concentration
  • Offer an alternative to your CPAP machine

Schedule a visit with Dr. Porter and his team and finally get the sleep you need. Call 605 702 2533 for an appointment.

Treat Your Sleep Problems With a Comfortable Oral Appliance

Stats Image Up to 18 million people in the U.S. have sleep apnea, with up to 4 million suffering from severe sleep apnea. Source.
A CPAP machine is one of the most common treatment options for patients, and it’s often considered the gold standard treatment for your sleep disorder. However, it’s only a good solution if you’ll use it. Many people believe CPAPs are cumbersome and awkward. Some people report having a dry mouth or stuffy nose as a result of using theirs.

When you come in to get treatment for your sleep problems, Dr. Porter will screen you for a sleep apnea disorder and give you an at-home sleep test to confirm the diagnosis. From there, he may recommend a couple of different options for you. One of these is a custom-made oral appliance. It’s an easy and comfortable option that you can wear while you sleep. While there are many kinds of oral appliances, one type Dr. Porter may fit you with is the mandibular advancement device. It will gently move your jaw and tongue forward so your airways don’t close during the night.

We offer other solutions for your sleep apnea too:

  • Using our patient-friendly Nightlase® laser, Dr. Porter loosens the tissue around your airways to make it easier for you to breathe while you sleep. After this non-invasive treatment, you may not have to rely on oral devices any longer.
  • He may also recommend myofunctional therapy to correct the function of the tongue and facial muscles. This has been shown to decrease sleep apnea in children and adults.
  • If your child shows signs of sleep apnea, our preventive orthodontics opens up space for their airways and encourages proper jaw development. Their special appliance will be comfortable for them to wear during the night so they sleep without interruption.

Before your appointment, you can do assessments from home for a sleep apnea condition. A few resources are:

We use the ReCODE Protocol to diagnose and treat dental health issues that can increase your risk for Alzheimer’s. By getting treatment for sleep apnea, you also reduce your risk for this disease.

We can’t wait to help you with your sleep apnea in Sturgis. Call 605 702 2533 for an appointment 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.