What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder which affects approximately 1 in 6 people and as many as 50% of those over age 50. It GREATLY increases your risk for heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full nights sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is the most common form of sleep apnea. OSA occurs when the muscles in the throat relax, allowing the soft tissue there to completely block the airway. This blockage cuts off the oxygen supply to the body and brain. The airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the person.

This repeating cycle- falling asleep, muscles relax, airway blocked, unconsciously awakening with a gasp- is the reason there is never a restful night of sleep. This puts extra stress on the entire body, especially the heart.

Sleep Apnea Treatment
Oral Appliance Therapy is a highly effective, medically proven treatment option for the majority of patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliances treat sleep apnea without the need for surgery, a machine and mask like a CPAP, or medication. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances as an excellent treatment option for people with snoring, mild to moderate sleep apnea, and even patients with severe sleep apnea who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy or are not candidates for surgery. Oral appliances are small devices that are worn over the teeth, much like an athletic mouth guard. The appliance gently holds the lower jaw slightly forward, opening your airway to improve nighttime breathing.

Oral appliances eliminate the need for uncomfortable headgear, masks, and hoses. They do not limit your sleep position and make no noise.

Call our office today for an appointment to discuss this treatment option and see if it is right for you.