Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax while you’re sleeping, rather than keeping the airway open. It affects an estimated 18 million people, although many are unaware of their condition. The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. Other symptoms include awakening suddenly at night, gasping for air upon waking, and feeling sleepy and fatigued during waking hours. Long-term untreated sleep apnea can lead to a higher risk of heart problems, cardiac arrest, and stroke.

Our Dental team offers thorough and experienced treatment for mild and moderate sleep apnea and snoring. We provide non-invasive oral appliances approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. A portable sleep study machine is used to gather data and diagnose your condition, as well as to assess the performance of your sleep apnea device.

Using dental impressions, these appliances are customized to fit you and are worn comfortably while you sleep. They prevent snoring and allow you to breathe freely and sleep peacefully.

For patients who have been previously diagnosed with sleep apnea and have difficulty using a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, these oral appliances offer a range of possible treatment alternatives.