Petoskey Dental Associates became the first dental office in the state of Michigan to obtain a facility accreditation for the proficiency, professionalism, and procedural excellence in the treatment of sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing.
Dr. Whitcomb is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and maintains the highest level of aptitude by attending annual conferences, taking continuing education courses, and is often a featured speaker at sleep disordered breathing seminars.
We are committed to helping our patients by:
- Offering NO CHARGE sleep apnea consultations
- Providing At-Home Sleep Testing
- Creating custom CPAP masks
- Fabricating oral appliances to use in conjunction with CPAP or to possibly eliminate the use of CPAP
- Downloading CPAP cards to manage treatment
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. The airway repeatedly becomes blocked, limiting the amount of air that reaches your lungs. When this happens, you may snore loudly or making choking noises as you try to breathe. Your brain and body becomes oxygen deprived and you may wake up. This may happen a few times a night, or in more severe cases, several hundred times a night.
In many cases, an apnea, or temporary pause in breathing, is caused by the tissue in the back of the throat collapsing. The muscles of the upper airway relax when you fall asleep. If you sleep on your back, gravity can cause the tongue to fall back. This narrows the airway, which reduces the amount of air that can reach your lungs. The narrowed airway causes snoring by making the tissue in back of the throat vibrate as you breathe.
Sleep apnea can make you wake up in the morning feeling tired or unrefreshed even though you have had a full night of sleep. During the day, you may feel fatigued, have difficulty concentrating or you may even unintentionally fall asleep. This is because your body is waking up numerous times throughout the night, even though you might not be conscious of each awakening.