Help for Sleep Apnea in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Dr. Daniel J. Burton, DDS, PC has teamed up with Snoring Isn't Sexy to launch a new program for increased awareness—and offer solutions—for the dangers of snoring leading to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. In conjunction with Sleep Apnea Awareness Day (April 18), as many as 80% of adults over the age of 50 are concerned that their snoring may be a sign of something more. Through specially trained dentists like Dr. Burton, these patients can be fitted for an oral appliance, a primary treatment option for sleep apnea and an alternative to CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea is covered by most medical insurance even though treatment is provided by a dentist.

The National Institutes of Health estimate that more than 12 million Americans have sleep apnea, most often undetected or misdiagnosed. For some people, cessation of breathing can occur hundreds of times each night. This lack of oxygen can lead to stroke, diabetes, heart attack, heart rate abnormalities, lack of libido or impotence, elevated blood pressure, depression and anxiety, acid reflux, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

"The majority of patients with sleep apnea are prescribed CPAP Therapy, which is a very good, predictable solution," Dr. Burton said. “Unfortunately, some patients are unable to tolerate CPAP. For these individuals, oral appliance therapy provides a comfortable, effective, FDA approved treatment alternative. Oral appliances are easy to wear and can end their breathing problems during sleep to achieve a better night’s sleep."

Patients who snore or need an alternative to treat sleep apnea, are encouraged to visit Dr. Burton today for further consultation by phone at 616-784-9150 or via email at Read more about sleep apnea symptoms and solutions.

Dr. Daniel J. Burton is one of West Michigan’s premier family and cosmetic dentists. With more than 35 years’ experience, Dr. Burton and his staff provide the latest in cosmetic and general dentistry, including sedation, veneers, whitening, clear braces and more. Certified in dental sleep medicine, Dr. Burton established a Dental Sleep Office to address the growing needs in West Michigan and surrounding areas.