What Is Sleep Apnea?
Snoring is not just a social nuisance, it is a serious health risk. Snoring occurs when the tongue partially blocks the airway while a person sleeps on their back.
Sleep apnea occurs when the tongue completely blocks the airway. During sleep apnea, the patient is deprived of oxygen which places the heart and the other vital organs under serious stress. A patient with mild sleep apnea will stop breathing 5 to 15 times per hour (min. of 10 sec. each time). In severe cases it stops over 30 times per hour.
What Are The Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea?
What Is The Treatment For Sleep Apnea?
The gold standard of treatment is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy. Until recently CPAP therapy has been the most common treatment for sleep apnea. Once diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea (or for those who are CPAP intolerant), dentists can now provide a comfortable solution with a custom fit oral appliance. This custom fit appliance permits normal mouth opening, allows speech and drinking, is easily adjustable and is safe and effective.