Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Caused by a narrowing or blocking of the airway, snoring is a symptom of disrupted airflow. The sound of snoring is created by the vibration of the uvula during inhalation. The narrower the airway becomes, the louder the snoring.
In addition to annoying those around you, snoring can also disrupt your own sleep and more importantly impact your overall health. It can cause fatigue, difficulty concentrating or headaches.
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a patient experiences one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. The sleep disruption caused by sleep apnea can negatively impact your quality of sleep, leaving you tired and irritable.
Mild sleep apnea can often be treated with lifestyle changes such as losing weight, positional therapy, or by wearing an appliance to help maintain an open airway while you sleep.
For moderate to severe sleep apnea, a breathing device called CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) or surgery to widen the breathing passages by shrinking, stiffening, or removing excess tissue in the mouth and throat or resetting the lower jaw may be helpful. A CPAP machine uses a mask that fits over your mouth and/or nose and gently blows air into your throat.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Many patients that suffer from either sleep apnea or snoring may be able to find relief using a custom removable oral Appliance which adjusts the position of the lower jaw and tongue during sleep. Our office can create a personalized Mandibular Advancement Device for you to wear during sleep in order to maintain an open, unobstructed airway when worn while sleeping. Please be sure to bring your oral appliance in to your appointments to make sure it is fitting properly.