Marlo R. Griesser, D.D.S.


Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can present itself in three different forms: central, obstructive, and mixed. The most c ommon type is obstructive. All three types are defined by not breathing well or regularly enough to keep blood-oxygen saturation at normal levels. This hiccup in breathing can happen sometimes hundreds of times in a single hour, which causes your brain to say, “Wake up and breathe!” This results in you not sleeping soundly, which can cause a list of problems, including fatigue, inability to focus, forgetfulness, irritability, and other more serious conditions, like high blood pressure, acid reflux, stroke, weight gain, headaches, and impotency.

If you’re wondering what type of sleep apnea you may have, you first need to know what occurs with each type. Central sleep apnea is where your brain neglects to tell your body to breathe while you’re asleep. If structures in your mouth and throat block your airway while you’re sleeping, obstructive sleep apnea is the cause. If it seems that you suffer from both of these problems, you most likely have mixed sleep apnea. About one in four adults have sleep apnea. The older you get, the more prone to this sleep disorder you will be. Statistically, people who are male, overweight, have diabetes, or have high blood pressure will be most likely to suffer from this disorder. About 40% if people who snore are sleep apnea sufferers.

You may be thinking, How can a dentist help me? First, you need to be diagnosed at a sleep center. There you’ll have a polysomnogram, a test which records your brain waves, breathing patterns/motions, blood-oxygen saturation, and heart rate. The polysmnogram is painless and won’t require injections. We will use all this information to find out whether you have sleep apnea and if so, how severe it is. We may suggest a CPAP, which is a continuous positive airway pressure device, to keep you breathing normally and sleeping soundly through the night. Many folks, about 60%, don't like the CPAP. Another option is a simple oral appliance that you slip into your mouth at bedtime. The appliance slightly pushes your lower jaw forward to create a better airflow path while you sleep.

You deserve a peaceful, sound sleep every night. Whichever approach you choose to take, Dr. Griesser will make sure you get the rest you need without pain or surgery. Start sleeping well at night so you can enjoy your daily life!

TMJ disorders

    The TMJ is an acronym for the temporalmandibular joint which is located directly in front of the ear. There are common symtoms known as TMJ disorders which include:
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Fatigue and Restlessness
  • Popping and clicking of the joint while jaw opening
  • Tenderness to the facial and joint areas
  • Jaws locking
  • Clenching and grinding of teeth
  • Sore teeth and wearing of enamel
  • Pain while opening and chewing

  • Some patients suffer from TMJ pain during the day due to overstimulated clenching muscles which are triggered by stress. Other patients awake with the above symptoms due to nighttime clenching or grinding. At night, it is usually a collapsed airway that leads to clenching. These hyperactive muscles can be suppressed using a MAS (mandibular advance splint) which puts the jaw in a slightly forward position maintaining an open airway, and improves breathing.
At the office of Dr. Marlo Griesser, all new patients are evaluate for signs of TMJ disorders. Should signs or symptoms be present, Dr. Griesser will recommend the necessary options for treatment. All team members are well informed and have completed a training program on TMJ disorders.





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