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Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea


Sleep apnea is a disease that affects more than 18 million people. This life threatening disease needs to be recognized and treated in a way that is comfortable for patients in order to be successful. When you have this disease, you stop breathing between a few times to a few hundred times per night, depending on its severity. Every time your breathing stops it could be for just a second or a few minutes. As this happens, your brain tells your body to wake up. You may or may not feel as if you woke up or you may not be able to remember waking, but your body did not get the type of peaceful sleep it needs in order to function throughout the day.

The CPAP Treatment


Sleep apnea causes your heart to have to work harder as your blood and oxygen levels fall with every skipped breath. This puts you at risk for a heart attack and possibly death. The most common treatment for this disease is CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. While this treatment is oftentimes successful, it is very obtrusive, making it difficult to use long-term. For these patients, there are alternatives. A small dental appliance that is similar to a mouth guard can be worn to keep the airways open by adjusting the placement of the jaw and tongue, freeing the airway from any obstruction and making getting a full night's sleep much easier.

Oral Appliance Therapy


Oral appliance therapy repositions the lower mandibular (jaw), moving it forward to allow for easier breathing. The appliance is custom made to fit your mouth to ensure the perfect adjustments to promote proper breathing while you sleep. There are no noisy machines or bulky masks to wear, interrupting your sleep, giving you even more problems than you started with. All that it requires is a retainer like mouth guard that is placed in the mouth when you go to bed. By moving the lower jaw forward, you subsequently stabilize the other areas of your mouth that could be causing the snoring, including: your tongue, uvula and palate. This opens up the airways, allowing air to come through without any vibrations.

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