Millions of people in North America experience breathing problems leading to snoring and sleep apnea. Snoring occurs when the tongue partially blocks the airway while the patient is asleep. Sleep apnea happens when the tongue completely blocks the airway and breathing stops for more than ten seconds.
Sleep apnea, if untreated may lead to many health problems including: high blood pressure, acid reflux, stroke, type II diabetes, erectile dysfunction and others.
Snoring is a social problem affecting not only the person who snores, but the sleeping partner as well. In our office, we provide regular screening for sleep disorders, we offer an ARES home sleep study and we also work in cooperation with Sleep Specialists. For those who suffer from mild sleep apnea and snoring, we can fabricate oral appliances which are well tolerated by the patients.