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Sleep Apnea

Snoring, Sleep Disorders & Apnea

Snoring affects millions of people of all ages, both male and female. In severe cases, you may stop breathing for periods of time during sleep. This is called sleep apnea, and is a dangerous medical condition, usually diagnosed from a sleep study. There is a CORRELATION between SLEEP DISTURBANCES and GASTRIC REFLUX, ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER, OBESITY, and SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION. It also makes it more likely for you to have a HEART ATTACK or STROKE. 

Oral appliances are the most common treatment for snoring, and one of three choices for sleep apnea. Dr. Grussenmeyer designed an intra-oral appliance about 3 decades ago which he customizes for each patient, depending upon their anatomy and specific problems.  He called it the GOODNIGHT SLEEP APPLIANCE.  Unlike the other branded appliances on the market, these sleep appliances are custom designed for each individual.  They also protect and treat the TMJ, rather than causing TMJ problems as the others can do.  Dr. Grussenmeyer can design this for you even if you have only a few or no teeth remaining.  The hundreds of other sleep appliances cannot be used on edentulous people or those with a number of missing teeth.  Always keeping to the K.I.S.S. principal, Doc G designs the GOODNIGHT SLEEP APPLIANCE to be pretty much indestructible for many years of use and money savings over other sleep appliances, which can be in multiple parts, some of them small removable hinges.  The GOODNIGHT SLEEP APPLIANCE requires more skill in design and delivery than all of the other sleep type appliances, but so be it.  Your health is of the utmost concern, not the ease of making and delivering an appliance.

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GOODNIGHT SLEEP APPLIANCE -Made for a sleep apnea/snoring patient with no upper teeth and only 6 lower teeth remaining

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GOODNIGHT SLEEP APPLIANCE - Made for a sleep apnea/snoring patient with many of her teeth still remaining

The GOODNIGHT SLEEP APPLIANCE kills a few birds with one stone so to speak: this one appliance positions the jaw for opening your airway, decompresses your TMJ to relieve the neurovascular tissues in the back of the joint, prevents bruxism, prevents muscle spasms from clenching, and improves cervical posture.

The three treatments for sleep apnea were intra-oral appliances, surgery, and  CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines. The best way to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea is the intra-oral appliance. For severe sleep apnea, the CPAP machine is the best, however 50% of people cannot tolerate even the newer machines. So that 50% of the severe cases should also be treated with the intra-oral appliances vs. no treatment at all. Surgery, like removing part of the soft palate and uvula or scarring the soft palate to shrink it via radio cautery, has not been as successful due to the multiple factors involved in blockage of your airway, loss of elasticity of the palate from scarring, and food entering the nose from the pharynx area due to the attempted fix.  Now there is NIGHTLASE laser treatment for snoring and sleep apnea.  This is a holistic approach, directing your body to heal and reshape itself via non-cutting, non-drug, non-interuption of your life, electromagnetic spectrum energy.  Please see the information about NIGHTLASE under the Laser Technology heading on the home page.  As a stand alone treatment, or an adjunct to appliances or CPAP, results are significant and natural.

Snoring is caused by vibrations of your soft palate during mouth breathing. Mouth breathing occurs because of increasingly narrowed airway passages, caused by enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids, elongated soft palates and uvulas, hypertrophied turbinate bones in your nose, deviated septums, chronic allergies, chronic sinus problems, obesity, alcohol use, and poor tongue muscle tone.  

What if I cannot or will not wear CPAP or intra-oral appliances?

If that is true for you, then NightLase laser treatment can help improve your situation.  Please see "Nocturnalase for Snoring and Sleep Apnea" heading on our website for HOLISTIC SNORING an SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT.

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       Fotona LightWalker Laser                           Airway Before NIGHTLASE                              Airway After NIGHTLASE

Your choice for snoring problems alone is Nocturnalase laser treatment to shrink and firm the circumpharyngeal tissues via you own collagen, or Dr. Grussenmeyer's GOODNIGHT SLEEP APPLIANCE.  The Nightlase technique which Dr. Grussenmeyer performs has proved to be very effective, either alone, or in tandem with intra-oral appliances and CPAP and BiPAP machines. 

 
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