Are you or your partner a chronic snorer? Do you often wake up in the middle of the night finding it difficult to breathe? Sleep apnea is the result of a patient’s airway becoming partially or completely blocked repeatedly while asleep. The patient’s throat muscles fail to keep the airway open allowing the soft tissues or tongue to block the airway. Oxygen is then unable to flow to your vital organs and brain, causing patients to experience interrupted and unrestful sleep. However, Dr. Daryle Mahnke and the team at Bay City Smiles offer sleep apnea treatment to patients in Bay City, MI.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
There are multiple common signs of sleep apnea to be aware of, including:
- Dry mouth
- Consistent, loud snoring
- Waking up to breathe
- Headaches that arise in the morning
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling excessively tired during the day
- Sleeping with an open mouth
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, call Dr. Mahnke and his team at 989-272-2478 for treatment in Bay City, MI today.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Dr. Mahnke uses removable oral appliances to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Similar to a mouth guard, an oral appliance is worn during sleep to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat. This allows the airway to remain open during sleep, preventing snoring and sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy stops snoring and treats sleep apnea reliving morning headaches and chronic fatigue. Oral appliances are a more comfortable alternative to bulky CPAP machines. Because they are discreet and easy to wear, oral appliances offer higher compliancy rates. The appliance fits easily in a case for easy carry on travel.
Dr. Mahnke will create a custom fit oral appliance specifically for your mouth. You will be able to sleep comfortably with your oral appliance in place. Most patients see an immediate improvement of snoring and sleep apnea symptoms by using an oral appliance.
Request an Appointment Today
Call Dr. Mahnke and his team for high-quality, professional care at 989-272-2478 or You can also request an appointment with Bay City Smiles online.