September 30, 2016
Sleep apnea, the cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep, is a common sleep disorder, but studies have revealed that many patients’ sleep apnea goes undiagnosed due to the lack of understanding of this disease and how it effects patients’ lives. As part of our ongoing dedication to helping patients achieve and maintain their optimal level of oral and overall health, we provide comfortable and effective oral appliance therapy for patients suffering from sleep apnea. However, we can’t help patients unless they know they have sleep apnea. Read this blog to find out some of the most common risk factors and warning signs of sleep apnea, and contact our office if you experience any combination of these symptoms. We review your case, and we partner with a local sleep physician to coordinate diagnosis and treatment.
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October 27, 2015
There’s nothing better than waking up after a good night’s sleep, refreshed and ready for the day ahead. But when something interrupts your eight hours, you trudge through the day, irritable and overwhelmed by the simplest tasks. Over time, poor sleep can actually be deadly — did you know that sleepy adults are likelier to have fatal car crashes? Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that happens when breathing is interrupted during sleep, and unfortunately, it’s a condition that frequently goes undiagnosed. Learn more about the sleep apnea, its risks and treatment in Silver Lake today. Because knowledge is the first step to seeking a solution.
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December 10, 2014
Do you often feel tired or irritable during the day? Do the words, “stop snoring!” interrupt your sleep quite regularly during the night? All of these may be due to a condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea happens when you have a lapse in breathing during your sleep. These lapses may occur as many as 100 times in a night. Fortunately, there is treatment. Dr. Michael Michel of Michel Dentistry treats sleep apnea so patients in Topeka, KS, and the surrounding areas can enjoy quiet and restful nights.
The most common form of this ailment is obstructive airway sleep apnea. In this case, tissues relax while you are sleeping and may obstruct your breathing airway. Likewise, your tongue may fall back into your throat and block breathing. Snoring may also occur as breathing becomes strained and air tries to force its way through narrowed passageways. When this happens and your breathing is interrupted, your brain signals the body to awaken in order to restart breathing. If this occurs dozens of time each night, then you can surely understand why you may be sleepy and irritable during the day. Sleep apnea has also been connected with lower work productivity, automobile accidents and poor performance in school by children who have sleep apnea.
The Oasys Oral/Nasal Airway System™
Dr. Michel treats obstructive airway sleep apnea with an oral device called the Oasys Oral/Nasal Airway System. This FDA-approved snoring/sleep appliance combats snoring and sleep apnea in two ways:
• It repositions the lower jaw to open passageways and encourage optimal airflow, thus eliminating apnea episodes.
• Nasal passages are dilated to decrease airflow resistance and inhibit snoring.
Dr. Michel will specify your custom oral appliance to address your specific needs. Comfortably worn at night, the Oasys Oral/Nasal Airway System will have you sleeping peacefully and restfully night after night.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you think that you or a loved one might have sleep apnea, then call the office of Dr. Michael Michel in Topeka, KS, for a consultation. We also conveniently serve patients in Emporia, Lawrence, Manhattan, and surrounding areas.
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September 11, 2013
Does your partner or spouse complain frequently about your snoring? Do you feel tired no matter how much you sleep? These could be signs that you’re suffering from sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder. You may not have known this, but here at Michel Dental, we can provide treatment for sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a sleep breathing disorder in which your airway becomes blocked while you sleep and you stop breathing for seconds at a time, resulting in a loud snore or other disruptive noises as your breathing resumes. You won’t remember it, but each time this happens you momentarily wake up, resulting in restless sleep.
We will examine your airway and diagnose your condition either by having you attend a sleep study or using an Embletta take-home sleep test. Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we will come up with a treatment for you. There s a variety of options available such as a CPAP machine or an oral appliance to help hold your jaws in place while you sleep to keep the airway open.
Sleep breathing disorders can have negative effects on your overall health. If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, it’s important to call our office today so we can work on diagnosing your condition. This is an important example of how oral health and full-body health are linked.
At Michel Dental, we offer quality dental care for a distinctive smile. Our Topeka dental office serves patients from Emporia, Lawrence, Manhattan, and surrounding areas. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
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July 31, 2012
Does snoring or sleep apnea keep you or your partner from enjoying a restful night of sleep? At Michel Dental, we hate to see any of our patients struggle with such a common but underdiagnosed problem. So to help our patients in the Topeka area overcome snoring and sleep apnea, Dr. Michel offers treatment with the patented Oasys Sleep Snoring Device.
You may be wondering, though, why—not to mention how—the Oasys Sleep Snoring Device treats sleep apnea and snoring?
The reason is simple: sleep apnea and snoring often go hand-in-hand. There are always exceptions, of course, but many cases of sleep apnea are caused by the blockage of important airways, whether by the tongue or the lower jaw. The snoring sound we’re all so familiar with is a secondary result of this blockage, after trouble breathing.
A custom-made Oasys Sleep Snoring Device works by repositioning the lower jaw or tongue to keep airways open throughout the night, putting a stop to both the snoring and the breathing problems caused by sleep apnea.
Have you previously been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are in need of treatment? Does your partner complain about your loud snoring? Call Michel Dental today to find out how Dr. Michel and our team can help. We gladly serve patients from Topeka, Emporia, Lawrence, Manhattan and beyond.
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October 17, 2011
Do you catch yourself drifting off at work, even though you’re getting at least eight hours of sleep each night? Do you feel irritable or have trouble concentrating? Has your partner ever complained about your snoring?
All of these could indicate that you have a condition called sleep apnea, which, if left untreated, could increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other complications.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Patients with sleep apnea have trouble breathing while they sleep. And by trouble, we mean that patients actually stop breathing for at least 10 or more seconds.
Sounds serious, doesn’t it?
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