Sleep Apnea Specialist

Alexandra Peri, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentistry

MI-nt Dental

Alexandra Peri, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry & Dental Sleep Medicine located in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Obstructive sleep apnea can lead to a host of health problems, including heart disease, poor oral health, and sexual dysfunction. Holistic dentist Alexandra Peri, DDS, of Mint Dental provides effective, alternative therapy for sleep apnea with oral appliances instead of CPAP machines or surgery. Call the office in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, or schedule an appointment online to learn more about this safe, convenient solution to sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

Why does obstructive sleep apnea occur?

If the muscles at the back of your throat collapse and close off your airway, it interrupts breathing while sleeping, resulting in sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea describes brief stops in breathing that occur while you sleep. These short halts diminish the amount of oxygen your body receives and causes your brain to stir you awake so you can get a true breath. You may not even realize you’re waking up dozens of times each night.

Sleep apnea has a real ability to endanger your overall well-being. In addition to affecting your daytime energy, sleep apnea can increase your risk of infertility, heart disease, and diabetes.

What symptoms suggest I have sleep apnea?

Suspect sleep apnea if your partner reports that you snore loudly or awaken multiple times during the night. Other symptoms include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Mood changes
  • Morning headaches
  • Decreased libido
  • Waking up with a dry mouth and sore throat

Men tend to develop sleep apnea more often than women. Smokers and those who are overweight are also at risk.

What is a dental treatment for sleep apnea?

At Mint Dental, Dr. Peri provides an appliance that moves your lower jaw into a forward position. This increases the space in your airway so you get less vibration with each breath and less tissue vibration and snoring.

The opening of the airway also means you get better airflow so you won’t wake up due to sleep apnea. Dr. Peri customizes the fit and shape of the appliance for your mouth so it’s comfortable to wear.

What are the advantages of using a dental appliance for sleep apnea?

A dental appliance doesn’t have all the noise and discomfort of a CPAP machine. You can easily travel with a dental appliance and it won’t disturb your partner. 

Many people are reluctant to use a CPAP machine because it is so cumbersome, so their sleep apnea goes untreated. You’re more likely to use a dental appliance and improve your sleep and overall health because it’s more comfortable and less obtrusive.

Considering a dental appliance to treat sleep apnea? Call Mint Dental or schedule an appointment online to have yours customized today.