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What is sleep apnea?

Partial or complete blockage of the airway while sleeping is called obstructive sleep apnea. This condition makes breathing difficult and reduces oxygen flow to the body which can have serious health effects such as heart failure, stroke, memory loss, and more. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you may feel tired during the day due to lack of sufficient oxygen while you sleep. In most instances, it is caused due to the falling back of the lower jaw during sleep. Sometimes, reduced jawbone size can also induce sleep apnea. Sometimes, a child may be misdiagnosed as ADHD however, the actual cause could be sleep apnea.

 

How to treat it? 

Many people with sleep apnea need a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine however, they may find it very uncomfortable and hence will not wear it. We offer an alternative oral appliance that in some cases can be as effective as the CPAP machine. Snoring is one of the symptoms of sleep apnea. With the help of an anti-snoring appliance that we can customize for you, mild to moderate levels of obstructive sleep apnea can be treated. This will improve your quality of sleep and therefore improve your quality of life. Because your body will have received enough oxygen throughout the night, you will feel the difference in as little as one day.

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Treatment procedure

The oral cavity is analyzed to determine the jaw size and cause of snoring.  A 3D scan of your teeth and jaw is taken. Impressions of the upper and lower teeth are taken. The anti-snoring appliance is then made in the laboratory with the help of the cast made from the impressions. The appliance is delivered to you at your next visit and your dentist will guide you through the steps of using it correctly.  The appliance must be worn whenever you sleep as it moves your jawbone forward and creates room for air to enter through the windpipe. Wearing this appliance will not hinder your sleep. In fact, you will notice that you sleep more soundly because you can breathe more easily.

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