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Dr. Gary R. DiStefano, DDS &
Schaefer Dental Group


HOWELL, MI 48843
OFFICE (517) 546-8983
FAX (517) 546-1422

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Sleep Apnea Advice

Do you or your partner snore at night?
Are you having a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep when your partner starts snoring?
If you or your partner suffers from sleep apnea, there may be medical reasons for the problem. At Dr. DiStefano’s office, we want to help you! We’ve compiled a list of at-home remedies that you can use to help relieve symptoms of sleep apnea, and hopefully get a better night’s sleep!
  • Lose weight if you need to. According to WebMD, “71 people with [sleep apnea] got either lifestyle counseling or joined a program that included a 12-week low-calorie diet. On average, the diet group shed 16 pounds. After 2 years, sleep apnea was much less severe for them than it was for the people who got counseling only.”
  • Limit your alcohol intake and stop smoking! You already know that too many drinks and smoking are bad for your overall health, but they can also impact your sleep apnea and make your symptoms worse. Smoking can increase swelling in your upper airway, which can aggravate snoring. 
  • Use an oral device to help with symptoms! Oral appliance therapy is an effective dental treatment option for snoring. This appliance fits like a mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. By supporting your jaw in a forward position, it maintains an open upper airway. Talk to your Howell family dentist about how to get a custom-fit appliance!

What Are The Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy?

If you have sleep apnea and the first two steps listed above haven’t helped you, oral appliance therapy could give you the relief you’ve been seeking! Oral Sleep Apnea Appliances can fit easily into any lifestyle because they are:
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to wear
  • Portable
  • Convenient for travel
  • Easy to care for

How Can My Howell Family Dentist Help?

You already know that dentists can help you with your health in other areas. When you visit your dentist, make sure to tell them if you’re working with your primary physician to get relief from sleep apnea. Ask your Howell family dentist about your options for getting an oral appliance! Contact us today at 517-546-8983.
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