Snoring Isn’t Sexy

Snoring Doctors in MichiganAccording to the National Institutes of Health sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans, the majority of whom remain undiagnosed.

Dr. Joe is associated with Snoring Isn’t Sexy, an integral part of Nierman Practice Management’s suite of dental sleep medicine and other services for dentists. Dr. Joe’s role in this organization is to provide a solution to people with sleep apnea, snoring problems and nighttime teeth grinding habits.

Am I Snoring At Night?

If you’re asking yourself “am I snoring at night”? Most of the symptoms associated with sleep apnea are easy to recognize and include things like daytime sleepiness, snoring, gasping on awakening, frequent awakenings, high blood pressure and cognitive impairment.

Sleep disorders are strongly interrelated and most, if not all, obstructive sleep apnea patients also experience nighttime teeth grinding. Nighttime teeth grinding is often associated with headaches, jaw pain, jaw popping and locking and other TMJ-related symptoms including:

  • Chronic Migraines
  • Neck and Face Pain
  • Dental Damage

How to Stop Snoring at Night

Dr. Pelerin has treated patients for many years with appliances for snoring and sleep apnea, but recently he has gone to a higher level. He has continued his education and is now a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He uses many appliances but the principle appliance is called the Moses. It will open the jaw and pull the mandible forward. The effectiveness of this device has been shown with mild to moderate people with sleep apnea to be just as effective as the CPAP machines with all of the inconvenience.

Many people do not know that even if you have a CPAP machine your major insurance will cover a dental appliance for the treatment of these problems. This appliance can be used instead of the CPAP or if you have to travel on business or go on vacation and you don’t want to bring the whole CPAP machine–this provides a great alternative. We are one of the few offices that can actually bill this to your major medical insurance and get it covered for you.