Sleep Apnea

What do our patients say about their experience?

“Dr. Burdick is truly a lifesaver.  I suffered from sleep apnea for years and could  never adjust to the CPAP.  After the first night with my new oral appliance I felt like a new man.  I had a good night’s sleep for the first time in years and woke up feeling refreshed and energized for my business and family.  Whenever I think of what a difference this has made in my life I feel gratitude for Dr. Burdick.”

Brad C.


“I am so fortunate to have found Dr. Burdick.  The experience has changed my life.  Having tolerated sleep apnea and its adverse effects for over 15 years, I was looking for an alternative solution to the CPAP – which I could never make work.  After learning of Dr. Burdick’s services I found the entire process to be quick and painless.  From the initial consultation to the fitting of the oral appliance, Dr. Burdick and everyone in the office were incredibly kind and accommodating.  Approximately three weeks after my first appointment I was at home with the new appliance and seeing immediate results.  My energy returned to levels I hadn’t seen in years and my overall attitude towards life in general changed for the better.  I strongly recommend seeking treatment from Dr. Burdick and his team if you suffer from sleep apnea.”

 Dusty H.

 

“When I lived alone I couldn’t tell how often my sleep was interrupted by snoring, but I did wonder why I felt so tired even right after waking up in the morning.  Then I got married and on our honeymoon my wife couldn’t get any sleep because of my snoring!  She encouraged me to see Dr. Burdick to address my snoring problem.  After I was fitted with the appliance I noticed a considerable difference in how I felt when I woke up in the morning.  I feel alert now and my body doesn’t ache the way it used to.  Almost more importantly I don’t keep my wife awake at night with loud snoring and occasional gasping for air.  I recommend the device and the services of Dr. Burdick and his team.”

 Steve C.

 

 In addition to lifestyle, such as good sleep hygiene, exercise, and weight loss, there are three primary ways to treat snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea: CPAP, Oral Appliance Therapy and Surgery.

 

Oral Appliance Therapy is indicated for:

  • Patients with primary snoring or mild OSA who do not respond to, or are not appropriate candidates for treatment with behavioral measures such as weight loss or sleep position change.
  • Patients with moderate to severe OSA should have an initial trial of nasal CPAP, due to greater effectiveness than with the use of oral appliances.
  • Patients with moderate to severe OSA who are intolerant of or refuse treatment with nasal CPAP. Oral appliances are also indicated for patients who refuse treatment or are not candidates for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, cranofacial operations or tracheostomy.

What are Common Signs of Sleep Apnea?

  • Insomnia
  • Loud snoring
  • Choking sounds during sleep
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Sleeping / drowsiness during the day

What are Some Common Risk Factors?

  • More common in males
  • More common in adults over 40
  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Smoking / Drinking / Medication
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Neuromuscular disorders

What are the Dangers?

  • Fatigue can cause problems at work or school
  • Fatigue inhibits your ability to operate a car
  • Causes general grumpiness
  • Can lead to high blood pressure
  • Can lead to stroke
  • Can cause heart failure
  • Can lead to complications with sedation for medical procedures

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Treatments for sleep apnea vary widely depending on the severity and type of sleep apnea a person suffers from. Suggested treatments can include:

  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking / drinking
  • Eating healthy and controlling blood pressure
  • Sleeping on your side
  • Oral Appliance Therapy
  • Breathing machines (CPAP)
  • Surgery in extreme cases

 

Schedule a Consultation

Whether you are a new or current patient, schedule a visit with Dr. Burdick by calling us at 303-794-442. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment or any of our dental services, you may easily contact us at (303) 794-4424. Our team is happy to answer questions and will gladly help you fill out our patient forms, go over our billing procedures with you, and schedule an appointment for you. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy restorative sleep!