Your Health and Quality of Life

“The quality of your sleep has a dramatic impact on your health, well-being, and overall quality of life”- Dr. Barney.

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea disrupt your sleep and increase your risk of severe health problems. Remember that snoring is a warning sign that should never be ignored. Dr. Brett M. Barney is prepared to provide oral appliance therapy to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Brett M. Barney is a highly qualified dental sleep practitioner and is prepared to discuss treatment options with you.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.

Snoring is a common warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea. Prior to treatment, you should be diagnosed by a certified sleep practitioner working in tandem with a board-certified sleep medicine physician. If you have snoring without sleep apnea, Dr. Brett M. Barney will prescribe an oral sleep appliance. If you have sleep apnea, Dr. Brett M. Barney will discuss treatment options with you based on the severity of the home sleep test results.

Dental Sleep Medicine

Dental sleep medicine is an area of dental practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dr. Brett M. Barney works together with your physician care team to identify the best treatment for each patient.

Common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Drowsiness during the day
  • Personality changes and irritability
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Snoring
  • Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
  • Frequent morning headaches

Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend an oral appliance. The oral appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. For more information about sleep apnea treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our dental practice today. Dr. Brett M. Barney is committed to helping his patients improve their health!

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