February 16, 2018
Welcome to our blog! We’re excited to embark on this project, which will help us keep in touch with our dear patients and potential patients. It will also bring you fascinating information about sleep apnea and tips on how to get the shuteye you need and deserve. First, though, we’d like to take a moment to talk about our practice, what a sleep dentist in Cincinnati does, and why sleep apnea therapy is so important.
Meet Our Dentist
Dr. James Striebel has been practicing dentistry for decades, and he is always learning about new tools and techniques to help his patients improve their oral health. However, he also has a deep interest in sleep medicine. He recognizes the dangers that sleep apnea poses to patients’ health and is passionate about helping them deal with this disorder so they can have the best quality of life possible.
As a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Striebel has the experienced and education necessary to assist almost anyone in their fight against sleep apnea. Oftentimes, fighting this condition without traditional treatments, like surgery or a CPAP machine, is possible thanks to dental sleep medicine.
Why It’s So Important
There are a couple different kinds of sleep apnea, but the kind we focus on treating is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is when the soft tissues in the mouth, like the palate or the tissue at the back of the throat, relax too much during sleep. That hinders airflow and causes OSA sufferers to stop breathing temporarily. They start breathing again with a loud jerk or gasp. These incidents can happen dozens of times each night.
As you can imagine, even short periods of not breathing at night can have devastating consequences for your quality of sleep. You may drag your feet all day, experience irritability and mood swings, have trouble concentrating, and have slower reaction times when you’re driving. Long-term consequences could include an increase risk of weight gain, cardiovascular disease, and more.
How We Help
Sleep apnea therapy in Cincinnati often involves a small oral appliance that Dr. Striebel designs specifically for you. You simply wear the device at night, and it will gently keep your jaw in a position that stops your soft tissues from blocking your airway — you’ll be able to snooze all night long without any interruptions to your breathing.
There are a few different types of oral appliances that may be able to help you, and Dr. Striebel will help you choose one that is right for your situation. Many patients have noted that these appliances are more comfortable than a CPAP machine, so really, you can only benefit if you take the time to pay us a visit.
There’s no way to overestimate the value of a good night’s sleep. Dr. Striebel and the rest of our team look forward to helping you get all the Zs you deserve! If you would like to learn more about what we do, please contact us at 937-679-4121.
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