Do you suffer from snoring and sleep apnea? Did you know 50-70 million Americans suffer from one or more sleep disorders? Eighteen million have obstructive sleep apnea whereby there are episodes throughout the night when breathing stops for 10 seconds or greater and oxygen levels in the blood may drop dangerously low. This can affect the heart and other organs, as well as being associated with Type II Diabetes, Gastric Reflux, daytime sleepiness, depression, headaches, grinding of teeth, and increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and death.
Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson of DuPont & Wilkerson Dentistry offers a variety of treatments for snoring and sleep apnea. Beginning with a simple home screening, it is possible to evaluate for the presence of sleep-disordered breathing. We work very closely under the guidance of Board Certified Sleep Physicians in our evaluation when sleep apnea is present.
A removable oral appliance is typically used to relieve symptoms of snoring and mild-to-moderate sleep apnea. This appliance is custom made to fit the patient’s mouth. It is designed to help keep the jaws in proper alignment and the tongue and soft tissue in their proper place to keep airways open during sleep.
Since every patient’s condition is uniquely different, each oral appliance is custom fabricated and carefully adjusted for optimal results. Home studies help us evaluate the effectiveness of the therapy.
Following successful dental sleep medicine therapy, our patients report feeling more alert and active, have a higher metabolism rate, are more energetic and can experience a complete return to their normal vitality. In fact, recent national studies report that 90% of patients successfully treated for sleep apnea with both the CPAP and a dental appliance preferred the dental appliance as their long-term option.
Highly trained in the field of dental sleep medicine, Dr. Wilkerson is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, a professional dental organization dedicated to the treatment of sleep related breathing disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea through the use of oral appliance therapy under the guidance of a Sleep Physician.
Dr. Wilkerson trains other dentists across the nation on the Dentist’s role in managing airway disorders.
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If you, or someone you love, are suffering from snoring or sleep apnea, contact DuPont & Wilkerson Dentistry for a comprehensive evaluation and consultation to learn more about treatment options, including anti-snore devices and sleep apnea dental appliances.