Sleep apnea occurs when you briefly stop breathing for 10 seconds or more dozens of times every night — often without even knowing it. A collapsed airway or poor circulation is often to blame, which means loud snoring can be a sign that you have the disorder or may suffer from it in the future. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, then you know good sleep is hard to come by. And even if you’re getting full 8-hours of sleep, you may still feel tired, drowsy, and headachy the next day. You may also notice yourself feeling irritated and grumpy for no apparent reason. Sleep apnea is serious. Left untreated, it is even believed to be a major contributing factor to heart disease and other illnesses.
Anyone can suffer from sleep apnea, but people with the following characteristics are often more at risk:
If your jaw alignment is to blame for your obstructed airway, we may recommend a custom-fit oral appliance.
Somewhat resembling a sports mouth guard, this revolutionary appliance is designed to move your tongue away from the back of your throat.
Your custom-made oral appliance will effectively help reduce the number of apneic events during the night and even stop your snoring.
A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is the gold standard for relieving severe sleep apnea symptoms and a good alternative to invasive surgery.
A CPAP is worn over your face at night and gently repositions your lower jaw to open your airway and prevent obstruction. The modern-day CPAP machines we recommend are much more comfortable and user-friendly.