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Dr. Jennifer Miller Offers Effective Sleep Apnea Treatment

Man sleeping soundly in dental chairDo you suffer from loud, chronic snoring that keeps the other members of your family awake? Are morning headaches, sore throats, and feelings of exhaustion and fatigue part of your daily routine? These are common indications of sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous health problem that can badly affect your health, personal relationships, and enthusiasm in everyday life. Many patients are surprised to find out that a dentist can help treat sleep apnea, but it is true – Dr. Jennifer Miller has undergone additional training to be able to offer her patients personalized oral appliance solutions that can help you rest easier and wake up feeling refreshed. Contact Valley View Dental in St. Peter today to schedule an appointment! Patients from Le Sueur, MN and surrounding areas are always welcome.

What is sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a patient’s airway becomes fully or partially blocked during sleep, reducing their oxygen intake to dangerous levels. This prompts the brain to awaken the patient so they can readjust. While this awakening may only last a few seconds and be promptly forgotten, it can happen up to hundreds of times each night, effectively preventing you from receiving the deep sleep you need to function the next day. Over time, untreated sleep apnea can lead to higher blood pressure, greater risk of car accidents, problems with concentration and memory, and other unpleasant consequences.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Doctors and sleep specialists often recommend CPAP therapy as the best way to combat sleep apnea, but many patients cannot handle the bulky machinery and loud noises involved. Alternatively, a custom oral appliance from Dr. Miller is convenient, comfortable, and typically very effective for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea symptoms. The “snoreguard” repositions your jaw and/or tongue so the airway stays safely unblocked, keeping your sleep uninterrupted and helping you look forward to the joys of a new morning instead of dreading it.