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Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea are serious conditions that can negatively affect your mood and your health.

At the Michael Bixby Center for Advanced Dentistry in Red Bank, NJ, we offer comfortable, effective treatment options for sleep apnea.

Do you suspect that you or your partner has sleep apnea? Here's why it's important to get treated today...

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Treating Sleep Apnea Can Improve Various Areas of Your Life

Better Sleep

Whether you have obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea, both conditions negatively affect the quality of your sleep. By treating your disorder, you can finally enjoy a good night's rest. 

Better Health

Left untreated, sleep apnea can affect your health, increasing your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. With treatment, you can reduce your chance of serious, life-threatening health problems and live a longer life. 

Better Mood

Interrupted sleep can make you feel disoriented, groggy, or unfocused throughout the day. When you sleep better, you can feel more energized and productive in your personal and professional life. 

Reduce Your Sleep Apnea Symptoms with the Help of Our Dentist

Although it seems unconventional to go to the dentist for health-related issues, there is a bigger connection between the mouth and body than most people think. As a dentist, Dr. Michael Bixby has extensive experience in treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy. He is also a member of various organizations:

  • Diplomate of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorder Disciplines
  • Member and Qualified Doctor of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

Dr. Bixby has been helping patients like you treat sleep disorders and get better rest for over 20 years. To schedule a sleep apnea consultation at his Red Bank, NJ, dental practice, request an appointment online or call us: 

732-224-1160

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Side Effects of Sleep Apnea

 

Snoring

Snoring is one of the most telling signs of sleep apnea. Snoring doesn't just affect you. Heavy snoring can make it difficult for other members of your household to get the rest they need. 

Fatigue 

Sleep apnea can make you feel tired, unfocused, and moody throughout the day. In addition, feeling tired all the time can make you feel irritable or even depressed.

Poor Overall Health

If you are not getting enough sleep or have insufficient levels of oxygen in your blood, you are at a higher risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart disease.

How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Work?

During your sleep study, your doctor will determine if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea. If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy may be right for you. An oral appliance pushes your lower jaw forward, keeping your airway open during the night. Although many patients at our Red Bank, NJ, office have experienced significant improvements with oral appliance therapy alone, your doctor may also recommend CPAP therapy.

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What to Expect during Your Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Study

After reviewing your symptoms, your doctor may recommend a sleep study. Sleep studies are used to determine the type and severity of your sleep disorder. During your sleep study, you will be observed overnight while a specialist monitors your movements, heart rate, and breathing rate

Diagnosis

Dr. Bixby will work closely with your sleep physician or sleep center to collect your diagnosis and expedite your treatment. We use electronic medical records to communicate with your physician more efficiently and effectively. Based on your diagnosis, we can determine whether oral appliance therapy is the appropriate treatment for your sleep apnea.

Designing Your Appliance

Whenever possible, Dr. Bixby uses the Oasys Oral/Nasal Airway System™ because he has found it to be the most effective oral appliance for the treatment of sleep apnea among his Red Bank, NJ, patients. According to the manufacturer, the Oasyso Oral/Nasal Airway System is "the first dental device for Snoring, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) that treats the two major causes of sleep disordered breathing by addressing upper airway resistance in the nasal region and blockage in the throat region."

Worried about the Cost of Sleep Apnea Treatment?

For most patients, oral appliances that treat sleep apnea are considered medically necessary by medical insurance companies. This means that your insurance provider may cover a portion or all of your sleep apnea therapy. Our Red Bank, NJ, office will work closely with your insurance company to maximize your coverage.

The cost of sleep apnea treatment is minimal compared to the benefits, which include better rest, improved health, and increased energy. 

What Patients Are Saying about Dr. Bixby

"...The whole experience was wonderful. Dr. Bixby and his staff are so understanding of your frustrations. From the very first visit, they treat you so nicely and they make you feel at home. Thank you Dr. Bixby and Staff!!" Patricia Y.
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Center for Advanced Dentistry

Dr. Michael Bixby has been providing comprehensive dental services to patients in the Red Bank area since 1998. He is proud to be affiliated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • The Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (732) 224-1160 to speak to a member of our team today.

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