If you were recently diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Holland, MI, as soon as possible. Obstructive sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that causes you to stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night. Thankfully, Dr. Habecker can create a custom oral appliance that will help keep your airways clear and prevent snoring.
Here’s what you need to know about getting a snoring and sleep apnea device at Macatawa Smiles.
Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea
If you suspect you or your partner has sleep apnea, call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Dr. Habecker can help you control your sleep apnea symptoms with an oral appliance.
Sleep apnea symptoms may include:
- Loud snoring
- Episodes where you stop breathing during sleep (witnessed by another person)
- Waking up suddenly with shortness of breath
- Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Sleepiness during the day
- Difficulty paying attention
If you recognize the above symptoms, be sure to also check out our blog post about the risk factors of sleep apnea.
How Snoring & Sleep Apnea Devices Work
Snoring and sleep apnea appliances are designed to hold your upper and lower teeth in a fixed position. The will also hold your tongue forward to keep your airway clear while you sleep.
What to Expect During Your Appointments
During your first appointment with us, our Holland dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to the lab where your oral appliance will be made. When you come back for your second appointment, your will be waiting for you. Before you go home, our dentist will make sure that the fit of your new device is comfortable and allows you to breathe easily.
A snoring and sleep apnea device can last for several years as long as you take good care of it. However, you’ll need to replace your device in the event your bite changes. For example, we may need to take impressions for a new device if you get a crown.
Request an Appointment with Dr. Habecker
Dr. Brenton Habecker is an experienced dentist in Holland, MI, who’s accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.