Sleep apneais a serioussleep disorderthat occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted duringsleep. People with untreatedsleep apneastop breathing repeatedly during theirsleep, sometimes hundreds of times per night. As a result their bodies do not get enough oxygen and rest.

Signs and symptoms associated with sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring

  • Episodes of breathing stopping during sleep witnessed by another person

  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath

  • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat

  • Morning headache

  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)

  • Attentionproblems or ina

  • bility to focus

  • Irritability

  • Short term memory loss

There are two ways to treat sleep apnea:

  • CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) breathing Machine

  • OSA (Oral Sleep Appliance)

CPAP is the standard of care, however many people can not tolerate a CPAP machine over their nose or mouth all night.

Oral sleep appliances are effective, non-invasive treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea of mild to moderate severity that fits into your lifestyle. A custom-fit oral sleep appliance can improve your sleep, restore your alertness, and overall improve your health and quality of life without the hassle of a CPAP machine.

Advantages of OSA therapy:

  • Comfortable

  • Quiet, as opposed to traditional CPAP

  • Portable

  • Easy to care for

Worn only during sleep, an OSA fits like a sports guard or an orthodontic retainer. It allows the jaw to rest in a more forward position to open the airway.

Treating sleep apnea promotes a healthier heart, body and mind. With the help of our dentist, you can improve your sleep and your health! Call 716-332-2444 today!

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