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Dental Sleep Medicine

Good sleep is essential for good health. An estimated 22 million adults in the U.S. suffer sleep deprivation from obstructive sleep apnea, and 80% of them are undiagnosed.

Sleep apnea is linked to:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Weight gain
  • Systemic inflammation
  • Depression

If you experience symptoms such as snoring, trouble concentrating, or daytime fatigue, our Dental Sleep Medicine team can help.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

When you sleep, the muscles in your throat relax so much that your airway temporarily collapses, and you may stop breathing. This triggers you to wake up briefly so you can breathe again. You usually won’t remember any of these brief micro-arousals in the morning, but they can happen as often as 100 times an hour.

We use a collaborative approach to treat sleep apnea with your physician’s help. We can create a small, custom-made oral appliance, worn only while sleeping, that moves your jaw and tongue slightly forward, preventing your throat from closing when your muscles relax. This device can significantly improve sleep and the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and can be especially effective for people who are intolerant of CPAP.

Request an appointment with one of our dental sleep medicine experts today.