In the short term, sleep apnea can cause drowsiness and poor quality sleep. And in the long run, it can raise your risk of life-threatening conditions like heart attacks or strokes. Getting treatment means you’ll be able to breathe properly, sleep easily, and take control of your health.
It’s estimated that about 1 in 12 Americans suffer from sleep apnea.
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You deserve a peaceful, healthy sleep, and CPAP machines can be uncomfortable and noisy. If you or someone you know is struggling with their CPAP, we have amazing alternative treatments that may help you ditch the CPAP and get a better night's sleep!
Dealing with minor sleep apnea? A custom oral appliance can move your jaw into a healthier position for less snoring and more sleeping.
Has a loved one told you that you have a snoring problem? Or maybe you feel groggy and tired even after a full-night's sleep? We offer at-home sleep testing to help uncover if sleep apnea could be causing you to miss out on much-needed rest.
Dr. Berry is dedicated to keeping up with the latest advancements in dental sleep therapy. That's why he is proud to be a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
We work with a network of local providers, including pulmonologists, cardiologists, and ENT (ear, nose & throat) specialists, to help treat and diagnose patients with sleep apnea.
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If you’re struggling with sleep and snoring issues, we’re here for you. Our team can guide you through your options and answer any questions, so you can feel confident about your care.
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Without treatment, low-quality sleep can cause things like irritability, problems focusing, or even drowsiness when driving. But with proper sleep apnea treatment, you’ll be able to sleep properly again. You’ll feel rested after just 7-8 hours of sleep.
Sleep apnea treatment helps reduce your risk of health conditions like headaches, diabetes, heart attack and stroke, and more. You’ll be able to breathe properly and without interruptions at night, which is great for your overall health.
Sleep apnea treatment helps you feel more energetic and get through the day more easily. It will be easier to do things like exercise and lose weight. Proper treatment may also help restore your libido and improve intimacy, since sleep apnea is often associated with low sex drive.
First, you’ll need to see a sleep specialist, like Mt. Juliet dentist Dr. Berry, for a diagnosis. You will undergo a sleep study by taking one of our convenient at-home sleep tests. Using the information gathered during this study, Dr. Berry will be able to diagnose your condition.
Depending on your condition, your treatment recommendations may differ. Dr. Berry will review your testing results with you and discuss what the best options will be moving forward. Sometimes that includes working with our partners in ENT (ear, nose, and throat) or pulmonology to improve your airways.
If an oral appliance is a good option for you, we can get started right away. We will take a simple 3D scan of your healthy dentition, and then we can fabricate a custom retainer that can help your breath better at night. Oral appliances can even stop the snoring completely in many cases.
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Your sleep specialist and your dentist may make some lifestyle recommendations to help with sleep apnea. These may include quitting smoking, exercising, losing weight, avoiding drugs and alcohol (especially before bed), and sleeping on your side, rather than on your back or your stomach.
Oral Appliance Therapy, or OAT for short, uses a special mouthguard. This mouthguard changes the position of your jaw when you sleep, which prevents oral tissue from sagging into your airway. This means that your breathing won’t be interrupted at night. OAT is ideal for patients with minor-to-moderate apnea.
CPAP is short for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This is a type of machine that pumps a steady, gentle stream of pressurized air into your airway through a face mask. This stream prevents your airway tissue from collapsing, which prevents sleep apnea. CPAPs are usually recommended for patients with more severe apnea.