Dr. Doneskey is the regions leading Oral Medicine Specialist that deals in the expertise of dentistry that provides consultation and care to patients with complex diagnostic problems involving the airway, jaws and mouth that require on-going non-surgical management. This includes the treatment of sleep apnea, snoring, and the most complicated TMJ disorders.
A more serious condition where unlike snoring, the airway completely closes many times throughout the nighttime and can significantly reduce one’s oxygen levels in the body resulting in disrupted sleep. Depending on the person and the severity of the apnea, sleep apnea can result in excessive daytime sleepiness, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, weight gain and on occasion even heart attack and stroke.
The noise created when there is a partial closure of the airway and is often only as problematic as the noise itself. However in many cases snoring can also be associated with medical problems such as high blood pressure and significant daytime sleepiness. When snoring is associated with these issues a person is said to have a Respiratory Disturbance.
A sleep disorder that is characterized by varying degrees of tooth clenching that occurs during a person’s sleep. TMJ disorder can cause a number of different symptoms, the most common being headaches, jaw joint pain and facial pain. Nighttime clenching can also lead to TMJ popping, catching and locking. In addition to this, contributing factors, such as stress, anxiety, depression and other sleep disorders can lead to increased nighttime clenching and consequently cause TMJ related symptoms to worsen. Of these factors, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most significant. TMJ disorder and OSA are strongly interrelated problems.
The Highest Level of Oral Medicine Specialty Care
At the Sleep Apnea and Facial Pain Center, we will work hard to make sure that you feel comfortable and cared for at all times. We believe that our most important job is to first hear your concerns and objectives, gather careful and thorough information and then work closely with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan that meets your specific individual needs. You can be confident that your concerns and problems will be fully and expertly evaluated.
There’s always a sunny blue sky in the future for each of our patients. And our caring and experienced staff will be there for you each step of the way. Individualized care and a thoughtful and conservative treatment approach is how we change lives.