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Airway & Snoring Treatments
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Holistic Airway & Snoring Treatment at Greenberg Orthodontics

Dr. Greenberg is a holistic, neuro-muscular, non-invasive orthodontist who believes in the “less is best” approach to treatment. Dr. Greenberg firmly believes in treating the whole body and not just their teeth. Her goal is to “equilibrate the bite to equilibrate the body”.

With the understanding that each patient is different and presents with their own unique set of symptoms and lifestyle, the most important thing to do is to arrive at a proper diagnosis in order to determine the best treatment plan. We move bone, teeth, and tissue with our therapies.

What is Snoring?

Snoring occurs when the soft tissues in your neck cause a narrowing of the airway.

As the breathing passage narrows and you inhale during your sleep, it causes the tissues surrounding the airway to vibrate. This vibration is sometimes audible, producing a snoring sound that can disrupt your sleep.

What Causes Snoring?

While snoring is common, the source of these disruptive sleep noises can vary. Some of the main causes of snoring include:

  • Obesity
  • Congestion
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • A deviated septum
  • An excessively large uvula

With proper treatment from a Pasadena snoring and airway specialist such as Dr. Greenberg, you may be able to eliminate the root cause of your snoring.

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Should I Be Concerned About Snoring?When is snoring a cause for concern?

Snoring is common, particularly among males, although it can affect both sexes. In some cases, snoring is a symptom of a deeper problem such as sleep apnea. While snoring on its own is not always a cause for alarm, it can disturb your sleep as well as your partner’s. Many patients have found relief with Dr. Greenberg’s airway and snoring treatments in Pasadena.

What is the Difference Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but it is a frequent symptom among sleep apnea sufferers.

Have you ever been told that you sometimes stop breathing while asleep, or that your snoring is interrupted by pauses, gasps, and snorting noises? Do you wake up in the morning feeling tired, groggy, and as if you have not slept at all?

If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, it may be possible that you suffer obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder in which a person stops breathing multiple times throughout the night. As humans, sleep is necessary to rejuvenate our bodies and restore its vital functions. The ongoing release of stress hormones and repeated instantaneous awakenings throughout the night deprive sleep apnea sufferers of the benefits of restorative rest. This condition can be tiresome for your bed partner, and could also be detrimental to your health. There are ways to treat your snoring or sleep apnea that include changing aspects of your lifestyle, using a CPAP machine, surgery, or using an oral appliance. Some of these treatments require a referral or prescriptions from an MD.

Dr. Greenberg’s holistic airway and snoring remedies can drastically improve sleep quality for patients seeking a least-invasive means to reduce or stop snoring. With this treatment, some clients have said it has helped with their sleep apnea, especially in conjunction with traditional therapies prescribed by an MD.

Benefits of Treating Snoring and Airway Obstructions

One of the biggest benefits of treating your snoring is experiencing better rest at night. This is particularly important because without proper sleep, you can struggle throughout the day with work, focus, appetite, and stress. It’s easier to feel overwhelmed and your body begins to show side effects such as headaches or muscle aches.

This is why your treatment will first work to help you begin to sleep more effectively. Because snoring can be a symptom of a more serious condition, treating it can prevent them from developing or worsening. This includes helping overcome obesity and negating serious side effects from high blood pressure or heart disease. While treatments may not get rid of these diseases, they can alleviate some of the worst symptoms and help reduce their impact on your overall health.

Am I a Candidate for Snoring & Airway Treatments?

If you are suffering from an inability to breathe properly while sleeping, you should be eligible for snoring and airway treatments. You will need to call or book an appointment online for your free consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Greenberg will be able to give you an exam, review your medical history, and discuss possible treatment options with you. To get started, call or book your appointment online and get started on improving your sleep.

Ways to Treat Snoring & Airway Obstructions

There are several ways you can treat your chronic snoring, depending on how severe it is and the cause. Treatments can be divided into two broad categories - Therapy and Surgery.

Therapy

There are several different types of therapy that can be used to effectively treat snoring and related conditions, such as sleep apnea. A conventional sleep apnea treatment is a CPAP machine prescribed by a medical doctor. The most common is through a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure, which is provided through the use of a machine that delivers air through a mask that you wear during your sleep. Because of the greater air pressure, your upper airways stay open, which keeps you from snoring and prevents your sleep apnea.

There are also other types of machines that can help, including auto-CPAPs, which automatically adjust pressure while you sleep, and BPAP machines, which vary the pressure as you breathe in and out. Another effective treatment plan is to wear an oral device that is specifically designed to keep your throat open by pushing your jaw forward, which can relieve mild sleep apnea. Dr. Greenberg specializes in this area and can help provide the right device if this is the right treatment for you. Other kinds of treatments address other causes of sleep apnea (such as a neuromuscular disorder), increasing oxygen intake while you sleep, or using an ASV (adaptive servo-ventilation) device while you sleep.

Surgery

Surgery to treat sleep apnea is usually only attempted after other treatments haven’t worked. Dr. Greenberg is known for finding non-surgical ways to treat sleep apnea disorders. However, if there is a serious issue in your jaw, surgery may be needed after all.

Types of surgery include removing tissue at the back of your mouth, using RF ablation to shrink tissue at the back of your mouth, creating implants in your soft palate, or repositioning your jaw by permanently moving it forward. Surgical options should only be considered for the most severe cases, so if you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea for a short time, you are unlikely to need surgery. Most of all, Dr. Greenberg will use her expertise to find an effective way to treat your sleep apnea without the need for surgery so that you can improve your breathing and overall quality of life.

NightLase®

For patients that are CPAP/ Oral appliance intolerant, we offer NightLase®, a non-ablative laser therapy to firm-up flabby tissue from snoring/ sleep apnea, and increase collagen formation so you can enjoy a better quality of life with more airway. We offer surgical-case results with non-surgical treatment by using our “Release and Settle Therapy™” to increase the airway. This option is ideal for athletes and singers.

  • The “Release Therapy™” is designed to reshape your upper jaw within the first few weeks of treatment by releasing your lower jaw.
  • The “Settle Therapy™” is designed to settle your bite into a more comfortable, and natural position.

What to Expect During & After Your Treatment

The length of treatment time depends on its severity and the type of treatment that you choose. While you may stop feeling symptoms a few weeks after beginning treatment, it may actually take much longer than that for the underlying cause to heal. Make sure to speak with Dr. Greenberg about what to expect during your specific treatment.

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Your Consultation for Airway & Snoring Treatments

Dr. Vickie Greenberg is a board-certified dentist and a certified provider of the DNA Appliance System for Sleep Apnea & Snoring. Dr. Vickie Greenberg uses her 30 years of specialization in holistic, neuro-muscular, non-invasive orthodontics, her compassion for care, and industry-leading technology to determine the best possible treatment plan for your health and well-being. To book an appointment for your free consultation, call us or book online today.

Please call our office today to schedule a consultation and get you back to being as healthy and pain-free as possible!

Airway & Snoring Treatment FAQ

How much do Airway and Snoring treatments cost?

This varies depending on the type of treatment you get and how many treatments you need. Most insurance plans do not cover snoring treatments, but always check with your carrier, especially if your snoring is a direct result of medically diagnosed sleep apnea. However, if your insurance only covers some of the cost, or if you do not have insurance, you will be responsible for the full payment. If you think you may struggle with a large payment, ask about our payment plan option or even other kinds of financing.

Greenberg Orthodontics & TMJ not only offers specialized care, but you can also first see if it’s the right choice for you by booking your FREE consultation. We offer these free consultations to get to know you and help ease your or your child’s fears about what it means to have ongoing dental treatments and how that can improve your overall quality of life.

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