Sleep Disorders

It’s not always easy to tell if someone has a sleep disorder, and some symptoms present themselves while a person is sleeping. However, there are some symptoms that occur when a person is awake that can facilitate diagnosis as well. Some of these include:

  • Headaches, especially in the morning
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness
  • Depression
  • Dental changes and/or teeth grinding
  • Diabetes
  • Heartburn and GERD
  • Obesity

Your First Appointment with Us

Before your first exam, we’ll have a questionnaire and other forms related to your sleep patterns for you to fill out. This helps us explore any drowsiness or restlessness you might be experiencing. Any input from your bed partner will also be very helpful in identifying symptoms that may be present during your sleep. These might include snoring, gasping, apnea (pauses in breathing) or choking.

We’ll take pictures and measurements of your head, neck, and jaw, and Dr. Krish will give you a physical examination to look for anything that might be blocking your airway in the back of your mouth and throat, such as enlarged tissue or swollen glands.

Dr. Krish may also recommend other tests, such as a sleep study, to discover more information about what happens as you sleep.

Snoring

Although snoring is fairly common and often interrupts partners’ sleep at night, it can actually signal a serious sleep disorder for you.
Snoring occurs when air tries to pass through an airway that is restricted; this can happen for several reasons, including nasal polyps, inflamed nasal passages, a long soft palate, enlarged tonsils or lymph nodes, poor muscle tone in the nose and throat, nasal deformities, and more. Many people don’t even realize they have one of these causes of snoring, or that it can be effectively treated.

Sleep Disorder Treatment

Sleep disorders, including apnea and snoring, can effectively be treated after proper evaluation and treatment by our staff. Every patient is unique, with unique issues, and deserves a unique plan of care to effectively improve their life. Our staff is committed to providing non-invasive treatment that is best suited for each individual patient who comes to us for help.

We have solutions that can alleviate your symptoms by treating the source of the issue – not just disguising it or covering it up. For patients who cannot use CPAP machines and those with mild or moderate sleep apnea, for example, we can create a custom-fit oral appliance that is much more than a simple night guard.

These treatment appliances can substantially improve a patient’s quality and quantity of sleep, improving their quality of life in the process. These appliances can open the airway during sleep, reposition the jawbone slightly to an ideal resting position, and prevent teeth grinding or clenching, for example.

NightLase® Treatment

Fast, non-invasive and friendly way of increasing the quality of a patient’s sleep.
The procedure is comfortable and you can resume your daily routine immediately afterwards.

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