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Sleep Apnea

If you struggle with getting a good night’s rest, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. If you suspect sleep apnea, we invite you to meet with our dentists. We will evaluate your symptoms and determine your treatment, if necessary.

Sleep apnea is a condition that is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. OSA is a disorder where the soft tissues in the back of the throat relax and block the airway while you sleep. The brain will help wake you up to enable breathing. As this cycle continues, your oxygen level diminishes and affects your day-to-day life. Symptoms may include:

    Headaches, especially in the morning.
    Fatigue and daytime sleepiness.
    Lack of concentration.
    Personality changes and irritability.
    Difficulty staying asleep.
    Dry or sore throat.


Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that can cause negative effects if left untreated. We offer oral appliances to be worn during sleep to treat the disorder.

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Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy is often recommended for mild to moderate sleep apnea or snoring disorders. Sleep apnea and snoring occur when the airway is obstructed. In the case of someone with sleep apnea, breathing may stop entirely for a few moments. Airway obstructions are typically caused by the soft tissues of the throat “collapsing” or the tongue rolling back to block the throat and airway. Oral appliance therapy works to help keep the airways open so that you can breathe normally while asleep.
Your oral appliance is a special, custom-made mouth guard. It is designed to fit your mouth perfectly and works by advancing the lower jaw slightly forward into a comfortable position. This forward movement tightens the soft tissues and muscles of the upper airway, preventing them from vibrating and becoming an obstruction to your airway while you sleep. Oral appliances also help the tissues at the back of your throat relax and stop your tongue from rolling back. This gives you a safe and soundless sleep so that you can get the rest you need and enjoy better overall health.


Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems. Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. We recommend that you talk to our dentists, as well as your physician, if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Common signs of sleep apnea include:

    Extreme drowsiness during the day.
    Personality changes and irritability.
    Difficulty staying asleep.
    Waking up with a very dry or sore throat.
    Frequent morning headaches.

Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our dentists may recommend a simple oral appliance. The appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. For more information on sleep apnea treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our dental practice today. We are committed to helping you improve your health!

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