Sleep apnea is a condition that causes your breathing to stop while you sleep—often dozens or even hundreds of times per night. When your body stops receiving oxygen, it signals your brain to wake up and resume breathing. You may have no memory of these nighttime interruptions, but they cause health complications that you should not ignore.
Sleep apnea is caused by excessive tissue at the back of the throat, excess body weight, a thick neck, and alcohol and drug use, as well as age. Men over the age of 40 are the most common sufferers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Unless someone tells you that you snore or stop breathing while you sleep, you may not even realize it.
Some signs you may have a sleep disorder include:
Failure to seek treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea can lead to:
Until recently, the only treatment available to treat OSA was a breathing mask worn at night. A CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine is still the standard for many who suffer from OSA, but for others who do not tolerate the CPAP well or who have mild to moderate OSA, we offer oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliances designed to treat OSA gently move the lower jaw forward as you sleep, opening your airway to allow the free flow of oxygen without interruption. We design custom oral appliances for our patients to ensure the best fit and most favorable outcome. Our patients love this alternative and quickly get used to wearing their oral appliances while they sleep.
At Stannard, Studt & Tironi Dentistry, we may combine one or multiple sleep therapies to provide our patients with long-lasting and comfortable results.