Dentist - Dr. Amy Norman, DDS, PS

Dr. Amy Norman can treat sleep apnea non-surgically.

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Bob and Carolyn

Sleep apnea

 

Custom Designed Mouth Guard

”There is no way he (Bob) would have worn the breathing machine that the sleep doctor recommended,” Carolyn said.

 
Bob snored. But, it was Carolyn who said something to Dr. Norman. “I have been seeing Dr. Norman for awhile when I found out that she treats snoring,” Carolyn said. “My husband (Bob) snores so badly that I am sometimes worried that he will actually stop breathing.”

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder suffered by one out of 15 Americans. That means millions of Americans are affected. Sleep apnea is also a potentially dangerous condition that can cause chronic illness and potentially death. Yet, it is the snoring that usually prompts a visit to a professional who offers sleep apnea treatment.

Sleep apnea is generally defined as interrupted breathing when you sleep and it has serious health ramifications. The effects can range from short term-irritability to serious health problems such as heart failure and in some extreme cases, death. The oxygen deprivation that can occur in a severe case of sleep apnea is potentially very dangerous.
The Consultation
Dr. Amy Norman can treat sleep apnea non-surgically with a specially designed oral device that maintains the jaw in the proper position to keep the airway open while you sleep. In the past, the only treatments for sleep apnea were surgery or a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine forces air into the airway through a covering that fits over the nose and mouth. Many people become fed up with the uncomfortable and bulky parts of a CPAP machine. The machine is loud, uncomfortable and bulky and most people cannot sleep soundly while using it. Most people do not care for CPAP even though it is effective. The machine is noisy, cumbersome and inconvenient.

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The Treatment
Following a sleep study to determine the type of sleep apnea a patient has and the severity, Dr. Norman can often improve treatment options with an orthotic. Depending on the patient’s needs, the orthotic may be all a patient needs. In some cases, however, the orthotic must be used with CPAP for full effectiveness. Dr. Norman specifically designs a mouth guard for her sleep apnea patients to keep the jaw positioned properly is a much more comfortable and elegant solution. This custom designed mouth guard offers all the same benefits with none of the objections of CPAP and requires no surgery.

“As it turned out he had sleep apnea!” Carolyn said. Her observation might have saved Bob’s life at some point and definitely improved his health conditions. “She (Dr. Norman) made sure that he got a sleep study done and now he wears a dental appliance at night. There is no way he would have worn the breathing machine that the sleep doctor recommended,” Carolyn said.