Snoring/Sleep Apnea Solutions

Sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing for short periods during sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, a form of apnea where the muscles in the back of your throat relax during sleep and block your airway.

If untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems. People with sleep apnea often snore and feel tired when they wake up in the morning because of sleep disruptions through the night. Untreated sleep apnea can also have health consequences, including high blood pressure and heart problems.

A dentist can supply you with an oral appliance, also known as a mandibular advancement device, if you suffer with sleep apnea or snore. It consists of a custom-made device you place in your mouth to help keep your airway open while you sleep. These custom appliances are like the mouth guard an athlete uses while playing sports. They work by pushing your jaw slightly forward and holding your tongue in a position that won’t block your airway during sleep. With the appliance in place, you experience less snoring and periods where you stop breathing at night.

Advantages of oral appliance therapy include:

  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • You can take it with you when you travel
  • No electricity or noisy equipment is required
  • Less expensive than other treatments
  • Works even if you have dentures or missing teeth

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