If you’ve ever experienced insomnia you know how tough it is to stay alert and focused the next day. If you suffer from Sleep Apnea and snoring, then you know how detrimental consistently poor sleep is for maintaining an active and productive lifestyle.
If you or your partner has been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, or your snoring has become an ongoing in issue in your household, read on to learn more about Sleep Therapy Specialist Dr. Vickie Greenberg and how she uses orthodontics to improve the sleeping patterns of her patients every single day.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a condition marked by consistent disruptions in breathing during sleep. This results in snoring, meaning not only does the patient experience poor sleep, but their partner as well.
When you don’t sleep well it’s really hard to stay focused on your daily activities. Your work may begin to suffer, as well as your relationships. There is a cumulative effect to poor sleep, and it’s best to take action sooner rather than later so that you can get back on course before your life becomes unmanageable.
Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Not only are these constant disruptions annoying and bad for your concentration the next day, they can also be dangerous for your health. It’s really hard on your heart to continuously stop and then restart breathing like that-some people experience hundreds of disruptions per night!
Ongoing untreated Sleep Apnea can lead to more serious consequences, such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes.
Maybe you’ve heard of or had experience with a Cpap machine. It is apparatus that you wear during the night to force air into your lungs so that you don’t stop breathing. This treatment works well for some, but others find the machine cumbersome, loud, and sometimes even more annoying than the snoring itself.
Orthodontic Care for Sleep Apnea
Dr. Vickie Greenberg understands the importance of good sleep. She has dedicated much of her 25 years of experience as an Orthodontist learning to treat sleep disorders using non-invasive and non-surgical techniques.
Dr. Greenberg will conduct a thorough examination and interview to understand exactly how your sleep problems are presenting and design a treatment plan that will work for you and your lifestyle.
Dentofacial orthodontics uses Palatal expanders to widen the airway so that the passageway is no longer obstructed while you sleep. These are specifically designed to fit inside your mouth, so no noisy appliances or excess apparatus to deal with.
She also utilizes the Fotona Laser for Sleep Apnea patients; safe, gentle, painless laser technology used to tighten the palate and make for an unobstructed airway.
These are just 2 of the methods Dr. Greenberg uses to treat Sleep Apnea and snoring, that don’t involve surgery or intensive long term treatment. She enjoys a challenge, and thrives on creatively discovering ways to improve the sleep of her patients without surgery or extractions.
Many of her patients have come to her after being told surgery was necessary-and she found a way to avoid it.
Schedule with Dr. Greenberg Today
If you or a loved one is suffering from Sleep Apnea, Snoring, or poor sleep in general, schedule with Dr. Greenberg today. She favors a holistic approach in her practice-each patient is a whole person with their own goals and plans for treatment, not just a set of teeth. Located in Altadena she treats patients from Pasadena and all over the San Gabriel Valley. Don’t forego quality sleep another day, schedule your appointment now!