There are an estimated 22 million Americans living with sleep apnea, with over 80% of those with moderate to severe cases of the disorder still undiagnosed. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that occurs when breathing stops or is interrupted during sleep. Patients often wake up multiple times during the night, some as many as 30 times an hour. This loss of adequate sleep can leave the body and mind disoriented, putting health and safety at risk. It also puts patients at higher risk of other diseases and disorders, such as depression, heart and liver complications, stroke or high blood pressure. If you suffer from sleep apnea or suspect that you might, it is important to seek medical diagnosis and treatment immediately.
Many suffers of sleep apnea postpone treatment due to a reluctance to traditional options, like a CPAP machine. With modern dentistry, we are now able to offer a more convenient and comfortable alternative at our office, SomnoDent® sleep apnea oral appliances. This solution is a custom-fitted dental device designed to move your lower jaw forward to prevent the collapse of the airway that occurs during sleep apnea and causes snoring or disrupts the patient’s sleep. As the device only fits in the mouth, without the use of machinery or additional devices, it is an ideal alternative for patients that experience CPAP intolerance or simply want a more comfortable option.