Sleep Apnea Treatment
Start Getting the Sleep Your Body and Mind Need
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects over 12 million American adults. When a person with sleep apnea is asleep the muscles that hold their airway open relax, collapse, and end up obstructing the airway. Not breathing alerts the brain, which in turn forces the person awake. Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, choking noises, and waking up numerous times throughout the night. A lot of people don’t realize they have sleep apnea until a friend or loved one notices them display the symptoms while asleep.
Sleep Apnea Warning Signs
- Snoring that’s louder while on your back
- Loud continuous snoring
- Choking, gasping, or snorting in your sleep
- Daytime fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Memory difficulty
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feelings of depression and irritability
- Dry mouth or throat sensitivity after waking up
Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea Treatment
After being diagnosed with sleep apnea by a medical doctor, we can design an oral appliance to keep your airway open while you’re sleeping. Oral appliances for sleep apnea are customized specifically to your mouth. We take measurements of your bite and create a custom fit sleep apnea appliance that is safe for your teeth. These custom-fit oral appliances are able to:
- Hold your airway open by bringing your lower jaw slightly forward
- Keep your tongue from falling backward during sleep
CPAP for Sleep Apnea
CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is a therapy device that gently blows pressurized air through your airway to keep your throat from collapsing while sleeping. These devices are mostly used by people who experience obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). CPAP machines are very basic and easy to use. They are composed of three major parts:
CPAP Motor – The CPAP motor is basically a small compressor. It draws room temperature air into the machine and gently pressurizes it to deliver the perfect amount of air pressure you’ll need to ensure no obstruction while you sleep. The air intake portion of the machine has a replaceable filter that will screen out particulates and impurities. The machine also has a small water tank that adds moisture to the air you breathe. CPAP motors are extremely quiet.
CPAP Hoses – The hose is simply the delivery device that transports the air from the motor to your mask.
CPAP Mask – Masks come in all shapes and sizes. Typically, there are three mask type variations to choose from: nasal pillows, nasal masks, and full face masks.
What Our Patients Say
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