Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep. In some cases, you may stop breathing hundreds of times in one sleep cycle. If you think you may have sleep apnea, contact our office for a consultation.
Sleep apnea may be caused by genetics, poor posture, allergies, enlarged tonsils, and other issues. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. This is caused by airways in the throat and mouth collapsing during sleep. If you have obstructive sleep apnea you or your partner may notice:
- Extended pauses in breathing during sleep
- Loud snoring
- Restless sleep
- Serious daytime sleepiness
- Irritability or personality change
- Poor memory or concentration
- Weight gain
If left untreated, sleep apnea increases the risks of:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Other serious health complications
For mild or moderate cases of sleep apnea and snoring, we may recommend oral appliance therapy.
Using an oral appliance for treating snoring and sleep apnea is an effective, non-invasive treatment option. It resembles a sports mouthguard and is worn only at night. The device supports the jaw forward in order to maintain an open upper airway, thus preventing sleep apnea and snoring. This device is popular among patients because it is comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable, convenient to use while traveling, and easy to clean.
If you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. As long as you remain committed to your treatment and use it every night, you will find that your symptoms improve dramatically. A custom-fit oral appliance from New Town Dentistry can improve your sleep, restore alertness, and revitalize your health.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, contact New Town Dentistry for a consultation.