Sleep Apnea

We are very excited to announce that we will begin to offer sleep airway devices for our patients.  Snoring and sleep apnea are two of the most common sleep disorders.  Depending on the situation, both can potentially be treated with an oral sleep appliance.

Snoring is the most moderate manifestation of sleep disordered breathing and may be an indication of the onset of sleep apnea.  It affects approximately 80 million people in the US each night including 42% of males and 31% of females.

Oral sleep appliances can help treat obstructive sleep apnea.  Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder where a person stops breathing during their sleep.  It is caused by the lack of motor tone of the tongue and/or muscles.  Sleep apnea as a whole is more prevalent than asthma and equally as prevalent as diabetes.

If you suspect that you or your loved one might suffer from snoring an/or apnea please consider filling out our quick and easy patient sleep screening form .  Depending on the results, a referral to a sleep specialist may be indicated.

Here are a couple interesting articles on the subject that deal with some of the more serious health effects of apnea:

http://www.healio.com/cardiology/hf-transplantation/news/online/%7B170fdbee-599d-4f7a-a636-bfcd4de8fcb7%7D/sleep-disordered-breathing-common-in-patients-with-chronic-hf

http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2016/02/irregular-sleep-schedules-linked-adverse-metabolic-health-women/?ref=fr-title