Achieve Lasting Relief from Sleep Apnea
Dr. Bruce Spink offers a range of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatments. He has helped many patients find relief from snoring, exhaustion, and other symptoms of sleep apnea using customized oral appliances. If you have received an obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis, or if your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine has not been effective, our comprehensive care can help. With each of our treatments, you will benefit from our personal attention, advanced technology, and meticulous treatment planning. If you are suffering with symptoms of sleep apnea, we invite you to contact our office in Birmingham, AL, today to learn more.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Understanding the Basics
OSA is a condition in which the soft tissues of the mouth and throat obstruct breathing during sleep. In response, sufferers wake up multiple times during the night, or move into a lighter sleep stage. As a result, sufferers rarely get the full night’s sleep they need. Along with chronic exhaustion, other symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, headaches, mood swings, short-term memory loss, and dry mouth. The condition can also contribute to a number of systemic health conditions, such as high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Custom-made oral appliances can prevent the soft palate, tongue, and throat muscles from obstructing the airways. The devices can reposition your jaw and guide your tongue forward, keeping your throat open while you are asleep. Dr. Spink can determine the right appliance for you.
Comprehensive and Personalized Care
Dr. Spink is passionate about treating sleep apnea because he knows first-hand the difference it can make in your life. Dr. Spink himself has found relief from sleep apnea through custom oral appliances. Dr. Spink does not diagnose OSA himself. Like many of our patients, you may come to us with a previous diagnosis, or because you are having difficulties with a CPAP machine. We can also refer you to a sleep clinic for diagnosis.
If it is determined that an oral appliance can help you, Dr. Spink will use impressions, bite registration, 3-D scans, and x-rays to create your custom mouthpiece. He can also administer a take-home sleep test. The convenient WatchPATTM device will monitor your sleep cycles and oxygen absorption rates. With these readings and multiple follow up appointments, Dr. Spink can create a treatment plan to help you achieve significant improvement in your OSA symptoms. If needed, he can adjust the appliance or recommend another treatment.
Most OSA patients are adults. However, children can suffer from the condition, as well. Although many young patients will outgrow sleep apnea, it can affect their development in the interim. If you notice your child struggling with restless sleep or mouth breathing, you should schedule an evaluation as soon as possible.
Enjoy a Good Night’s Sleep
To learn more about sleep apnea and our effective, personalized treatment, contact Sleep Birmingham today. Our staff is happy to work with your insurance company to determine coverage. We also work with CareCredit℠ to place treatment within your budget.