What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder where a person’s breathing repeatedly starts and stops during their sleep. Some symptoms include: loud snoring, waking up tired from a seemingly full nights sleep, waking up during the night with shortness of breath, insomnia and daytime sleepiness. There are three types of sleep apnea that could cause these problems. The first is the most common type, Obstructive Sleep Apnea. In Obstructive Sleep Apnea the person’s airways are too relaxed and do not stay open consistently throughout the night. The next type is Central Sleep Apnea, which occurs when the brain does not send the proper signals to your throat muscles, causing them to close and stopping the passage of air. The last type of sleep apnea is complex sleep apnea, which is a combination of Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be helped with the use of a breathing machine or, now, and dental sleep device. Dental Sleep devices are smaller and more comfortable and can help get your sleeping back to where it needs to be.

Why should you get your sleep apnea treated?

Sleep Apnea is a serious condition that can have life changing complications if left alone for too long. Some of the side effects that can occur are:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Weight gain
  • Asthma
  • Headaches and trouble paying attention and more

Why wait and have the possibility of developing one of these life changing complications when you can get treated and start getting the good nights sleep that you deserve. If you believe you might be suffering from sleep apnea we recommend you see a sleep specialist and one of our dentists to help make your life easier.

Our Services

Our services include cutting edge dental sleep therapy. Our dentists are trained to work with you and your sleep doctor to find the most comfortable and beneficial result for your unique problem. There are two common options for dental sleep therapy.

Mandibular Advancement Device

The first option is called a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD).
Mandibular advancement devices are the most common type of dental sleep device and can be used for the treatment of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
The way these devices work is that they open the airway by moving the lower jaw, also known as the mandible, forward. The tongue is attached to the lower jaw behind the chin and as the jaw is moved forward, the collapsible part of your airway is held open by the forward movement of the tongue and other airway muscles.
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs) also improve the strength and stiffness of the airway by increasing the muscle activity of the tongue and other muscles of the airway.