Sleep Apnea results when there is a complete obstruction of the airway, resulting in airflow cessation (apnea) for at least 10 seconds. Because of this, our body oxygen decreases and makes our heart work harder. It also disrupts our natural sleep cycle and results in poor sleep quality. In severe cases, a patient may experience up to 300 apnea episode per night. If left untreated, it may cause some severe health risks.
Loud Snoring Irritability
Memory Loss Falling Asleep while driving
Morning headache Excessive Daytime sleepiness
Impaired Concentration Decreased Sex drive
Type II Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
Increased risk of Stroke
Increased risk of Heart Attack
ADHD in Children
Bedwetting in Children
We can help to screen for sleep disorders with Epworth Sleepness Scale. A TMJ questionnaire needs to be completed to evaluate the health of TMJ.
A CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, device is the most common medical treatment for severe obstructive apnea. If you cannot tolerate a CPAP or if you snore and have mild to moderate sleep apnea, an Oral Appliance Therapy will be the treatment of choice.
The Oral appliances hold your lower jaw in a forward position. This will prevent airway collapse by the tongue and prevent snoring as well. The appliance should be worn nightly and will significantly reduce sleep apnea symptoms and improve quality of life.
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