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Gasping For Air May Indicate Sleep Apnea

Dexter Dental Studio approaches dentistry with a total body health paradigm and works closely with patients to achieve their healthcare needs. They feel it’s important to spread awareness about the dangers of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), not only for overall health, but oral health as well.

            OSA is a temporary closure of the airway during sleep caused by the relaxation of the soft tissues in the throat. The most common signs of sleep apnea include snoring, disruptive sleep and waking up feeling tired, even after a full night’s rest. Other signs may include high blood pressure, difficulty staying awake during the day and diabetes.

            During a visit at Dexter Dental Studio, it’s the standard of care to screen each patient for oral signs of OSA. Common oral signs include a partial closed airway while lying back, tooth wear from clenching and grinding, acid reflux that may show erosion on the teeth and a scalloped tongue. If they notice any of these signs, they may suggest a home sleep test and work with a physician on concluding a diagnosis.

            While the majority of people diagnosed with OSA use continuous positive airway therapy (CPAP) devices, there are other alternatives such as oral appliances and orofacial myofunctional therapy that can aid in treatment. Dexter Dental Studio can offer oral appliance therapy as an alternative to CPAP. They also have an orofacial myologist available to help strengthen the tissues of the airway.


Dexter Dental Studio is located at 7300 Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd., Ste. 300, in Dexter. For more information or to make an appointment, call 734-426-8360 or visit