Sleep Apnea & Snoring Solutions

Are You Sleeping Well?

We have Sleep Apnea and Snoring Solutions. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious, life-threatening disorder, which is generally misunderstood or not taken seriously. Sleep Apnea is a cessation of airflow at the nose or mouth lasting 10 seconds or longer, occurring during sleep and terminating once awakened.

People who experience OSA tend to have smaller upper airways, which has a huge effect on OSA. As the size of the airway reduces due to small jaw, tonsils, fatty tissue, or other anatomical factors, airway resistance increases causing patients to put forth a greater effort to maintain adequate air exchange. This causes the relaxed muscles and throat tissues to close, resulting in a collapsed airway which initiates an OSA episode.

At North Raleigh Perio, we have the ability to administer take-home diagnostic tests and to provide laser treatments and/or oral appliances to solve the problem.  Dr. Singletary was trained by Dr. Harvey Shiffman of Palm Beach Florida. For more information, watch this video.

Is Oral Appliance Therapy for You?

If you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and can’t tolerate or haven’t been helped by CPAP, an oral appliance may be an effective treatment option.

The most widely used mouth device for sleep apnea, mandibular advancement devices (MADs) look much like a mouth guard used in sports. The devices snap over the upper and lower dental arches and have hinges that make it possible for the lower jaw to be eased forward.

For patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, dental appliances or oral (MADs) that prevent the tongue from blocking the throat and/or advance the lower jaw forward, are custom made. These devices help keep the airway open during sleep. A sleep specialist and dental professional, with expertise in oral appliances for this purpose, should jointly determine if this treatment is best for you. North Raleigh Perio makes this process easy for patients.

Laser Snoring Treatment

North Raleigh Periodontics is proud to provide Laser Snoring Treatment, called Nightlase.  Nightlase is a leading-edge laser procedure for treatment of snoring. It is non-invasive and is an effective way to reduce or eliminate snoring. It works by using laser energy to heat the tissues of the airway causing a tightening effect which helps to keep your airway open. It is performed with approximately three short treatments spaced over two months. Each treatment lasts 15 minutes and does not require anesthesia. The procedure is comfortable and you can resume your daily routine immediately afterwards. Results are often seen after the first session.