Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Is snoring a problem in your household? Do you snore yourself or are you awakened by someone else’s snoring. It’s a common problem caused by relaxed soft tissues of the mouth and throat that result in a vibration known as snoring.

The solution? A custom fabricated oral appliance is fitted over your upper and lower teeth before sleep and is designed to maintain your lower jaw in a slightly forward position, thereby keeping your airway open and allowing you to breathe more <<<<<< f>r>e>e>l>y>

Sleep Apnea (Without Breath)

Snoring can also be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a serious health condition, which left undiagnosed and untreated, can cause headaches, memory problems, depression, high blood pressure, heart problems, including stroke, heart attacks, and ultimately heart failure.

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, sleep apnea happens when people stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night. This stoppage in breathing can last for as long as 30 seconds. And when the brain realizes that it needs air, it sends panic signals to the body to wake it up.

Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Pauses in breathing during sleep (apnea)
  • Choking or gasping during sleep
  • Sudden awakenings to restart breathing
  • Waking up in a sweat
  • Daytime sleepiness while reading, sitting or driving
  • Morning headaches or jaw joint soreness

  • Who is most at risk for sleep apnea?

    Most at risk for sleep apnea are overweight men over the age of 40. But they aren’t the only people that can be affected by this condition. Children teens and adults of any age can also have sleep apnea.

    Diagnosis and Treatment

    At present, physicians diagnose sleep apnea. If you suspect you or your sleep partner have sleep apnea, we can conduct a comprehensive evaluation and refer you for a sleep study and medical assessment.

  • Evaluation of the head, neck, face and supporting structures
  • Check upper airway for obstruction
  • Jaw joint, jaw position and bite assessment
  • Intra-oral habit assessment and gag reflex
  • Diagnostic models
  • Overnight sleep study (if necessary)