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 is a sleep disorder in which your breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. These breathing pauses typically last between 10 to 20 seconds and can happen from 5 to over 100 times per hour. The lack of oxygen during a sleep apnea episode jolts you awake—usually so briefly that you don’t remember it. But these disruptions to your natural sleep rhythm mean that you spend more time in light sleep and less in the deep, restorative sleep you need to be energetic, mentally sharp, and productive the next day.
If untreated over years, Sleep apnea is likely to lead to many health problems such as stroke, type II diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure, obesity, sexual dysfunction and mood disturbance.
In order to diagnose sleep apnea, a sleep study is needed. Mild to moderate sleep apnea cases can be treated with oral appliances and severe requires treatment with CPAP.
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.