About Sleep Apnea

Understanding Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition that can rob a person from getting the rest they need. Those who have sleep apnea cannot breathe properly when sleeping because their airways are obstructed by soft oral tissue. This airway obstruction results in cycles of breathing stopping and starting throughout the night. Small periods of breathing cessation (apneas) could last for up to a minute each time. To reinitiate proper breathing, sleepers will wake slightly, which prevents them from progressing through each stage of sleep for optimal rest.

Without treatment, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could seriously reduce your quality of life and your health. Untreated sleep apnea could affect your cardiovascular and respiratory health along with increased risks for emotional and mental health concerns. Our practice provides non-surgical treatment for sleep apnea with comfortable oral appliances. This treatment method prevents airway obstruction without bulky, loud, or uncomfortable machinery, too.

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Benefits of Treatment

Restful Sleep

A full night’s sleep for both you and your partner. Wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Daytime Alertness

Experience increased concentration, memory, focus and energy.

Improved Health

Avoid the health risks caused by untreated sleep apnea and live a longer, healthier, more enjoyable life.

How Oral Appliances Work

Oral appliance therapy is a comfortable and portable alternative to CPAP. Custom-made, oral appliances are worn like a mouthguard during sleep. By repositioning the lower mandible forward, an oral appliance expands the airway and prevents episodes of apnea. Eliminating airway obstruction makes proper breathing possible for uninterrupted rest.

This form of sleep apnea treatment is well-tolerated by patients, especially those who have tried CPAP in the past. Oral appliances are easy to transport, clean, and wear. They also accommodate sleepers who prefer to rest on their sides or stomachs.

If you have questions about sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gillum.