Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea



Sleep Disorders

Dr. Raymond Skowronski is an active member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine & the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is qualified to treat both harmless snoring and mild to moderate cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, using oral appliance therapy. In consultation with your physician, Dr. Skowronski will succeed in accurately treating your sleep disorder.

The majority of people have teased friends or loved ones for their ability to "saw logs" while sleeping. This descriptive phrase, more commonly known as snoring, is the sound of obstructed breathing during sleep. Snoring can be harmless, but it may also be one of the many symptoms of a more serious medical condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a commonly occurring clinical disease, associated with significant morbidity, increased mortality and reduced quality of life. Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the tongue falls back against the throat while inhaling. When this happens, the upper airway becomes blocked, causing airflow to stop. The brain senses when oxygen levels become low and, as a result, the person sleeping awakens. Upon awakening, the obstruction in the throat clears, usually with a loud gasp or a violent cough. This pattern continues throughout the duration of sleep, causing a night of disrupted sleep. The severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea is unknown by many who experience symptoms. A night of disturbed sleep not only leaves you tired during the day but may also trigger more serious conditions such as high blood pressure, sleeping while driving or possibly death.


 
     
 

American Health Front approached Dr. Skowronski to share his knowledge and expertise on both Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea for segment that aired on WXYZ TV Channel 7 Detroit.

 

Watch more Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea videos on our YouTube channel.

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What Can Dr. Skowronski Do To Help Treat OSA & Snoring?

After you have been accurately diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, appliances that are worn in the mouth are used to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea and snoring. These appliances are similar to orthodontic retainers and athletic mouth guards.  Each type of oral appliance is customized to properly treat the patient's unique symptoms.

Below are a some of the most popular appliances and positioners used to correct Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Click on an image for a larger view and description.

Herbst Sleep Apnea Appliance
Herbst Appliance
  TAP II Sleep Apnea Appliance
TAP II Appliance
  Palatal Lift Device Sleep Apnea Appliance
Palatal Lift Device
  PM Positioner Sleep Apnea Appliance
PM Positioner
  OASYS Sleep Apnea Appliance
OASYS Appliance
  EMA Profile Sleep Apnea Appliance
EMA Profile Appliance
                     
Tongue Retaining Sleep Apnea Appliance
Tongue Retaining Appliance
  New Klearway Sleep Apnea Appliance
New Klearway Appliance
  Silencer Pro 6 Sleep Apnea Appliance
Silencer Pro 6
  Silencer Pro 5 Sleep Apnea Appliance
Silencer Pro 5
  Silencer 5 Appliance Sleep Apnea Appliance
Silencer 5 Appliance
  EMA Elastic Sleep Apnea Appliance
EMA Elastic

Photos courtesy of John's Dental Laboratory.



Is Snoring The Only Symptom of Sleep Apnea?

 

No.  People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea may also experience:

  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Restless Sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Night Urination
  • Irritability
  • Memory Loss
  • Unable to Concentrate
  • Headaches
 
     
 

What If My Sleep Apnea Goes Untreated?

 

Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea may result in:

  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Accidents
  • Poor Quality of Life
  • Increased Health Care Costs
  • Higher Risk of Death
 
     

 

If you are experiencing symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea or have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and would like to know more about treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with an oral appliance, please contact the Sterling Heights, Michigan office of Dr. Raymond Skowronski, Jr. You may also download & complete the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and bring it with you to your appointment.

Recently, Dr. Raymond Skowronski Jr., was asked to share his knowledge of sleep disorders at a continuing education course for The University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry. Please contact us for instructions on how to download his findings.

 

More Resources

Alert: FDA Recommends Lower Doses of Sleep Meds for Women

AAP Issues New Guidelines for Kids' Snoring