It Can Affect You and Your Loved Ones

Do any of these sound familiar?

Sleep: excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia, nightmares, sleep deprivation, or snoring
Respiratory: episodes of no breathing, breathing through the mouth, or loud breathing
Also common: depression, dry mouth, dry throat, fatigue, acid reflux, morning headache, irritability, mood swings, or weight gain

If so, it’s time to do something about it. Let us help you!

Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea — not so silent killers

Snoring is usually thought of as a nuisance: it robs the snorer (and usually the bed partner as well) of quality sleep. Very often snoring is a sign of something more serious: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Both Snoring and OSA are usually caused by an airway that isn’t as open as it should be, usually from the tongue falling back during sleep. Snoring is often treated (ineffectively) by an elbow to the ribs. OSA is usually treated with the use of a CPAP machine. Unfortunately, statistics show most people find they cannot tolerate wearing the machine. Many patients are looking at having the Inspire surgery to help with their apnea. But, there is a non-surgical option. A mandibular advancement device, or as we call it, a dental device.

For those patients, a dental device can be made which will prevent the lower jaw from falling back and closing the airway. Most patients find it comfortable, unobtrusive, and easy to wear.

Often times medical insurance will pay some or all of the cost of the oral device if there is a diagnosis of sleep apnea from a sleep study.

To find out if you are a candidate for an dental device to treat snoring or sleep apnea,

please call our office at 843-494-5004  for a complimentary consultation.

Thank you for visiting Sleep Better South Carolina, where you can learn more about how Dr. Blalock offers treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. Our site provides important information that will help you become familiar with our practice. It also contains answers to frequently asked questions. Please feel free to call us anytime. We appreciate this opportunity to introduce ourselves and look forward to providing you with quality care.

We want you to know that in our office you can expect to be treated with respect at all times. We strive to deliver the best diagnosis and treatment that medicine has to offer. We believe that these goals can be met through a continuous and open dialogue between you and our entire team.

We encourage you to involve yourself in your own treatment and to ask questions throughout our relationship. In our opinion, an informed and involved patient is most likely to achieve the highest level of health, and we look forward to working with you to achieve this goal.