Sleep apnea is a debilitating condition that can lead to fatigue and a host of other physical problems if left untreated. Even if you are being treated with CPAP therapy, you may still struggle. Many find it awkward or uncomfortable to use and simply avoid wearing it at all.
CPAP currently is the safest and most effective solution for those with severe sleep apnea. But millions of people have mild to moderate sleep apnea, and we can often help these patients find relief with a customized oral device worn during sleep.
Sleep apnea occurs because your airway is blocked by your tongue and softened throat tissue during sleep. The blockage results in excessive snoring and episodes of gasping for breath as your body is deprived of oxygen and wakes you up to breathe. For some, these episodes can occur hundreds of times each night.
But a simple oral device that is customized to move your jaw slightly forward during sleep may be all that’s needed to keep your airway open so you can breathe freely. We determine if you’re a candidate by arranging a home sleep study test that monitors your breathing patterns and vital signs to determine the extent of your sleep apnea.
If you or a loved one are dealing with the effects of sleep apnea, please call our Audubon dental office to arrange a consultation.