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Stop Snoring and Start Sleeping
Do you wake with headaches? Are you tired during the day? Could you fall asleep easily most anywhere? Do you get 7-8 hours of restful sleep each night and wake rested and alert? If not you may have a sleep disorder. Many people have sleep disorders and many of those have a breathing component called Obstructive Breathing Disorder and Sleep Apnea.
Have You Been Diagnosed with Obstructive Breathing Disorder or Sleep Apnea?
If so, then you know how uncomfortable treatment can be. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is primarily treated with a CPAP (continuing positive airway pressure) machine. The CPAP can be both uncomfortable and inconvenient. It is commonly a mask, worn over the face or nose, attached to a hose of forced air provided by a machine. No wonder compliance is difficult! Some patients think it's just easier to suffer from the snoring than to try to sleep wearing a CPAP face mask.
Dental Care for Sleep Apnea An Alternative to CPAP
During sleep, the throat and tongue relaxes, allowing these structures to collapse against one another and obstruct clear airflow.
In certain situations, Dr. Otten can prescribe a special custom made oral appliance to treat Sleep Apnea, which gently and safely holds the jaw and tongue forward to help open the throat during relaxed sleep and thus prevent snoring.
We use the Thornton Adjustable Positioner® (TAP®), a custom adjustable oral appliance that is worn while sleeping. The appliance holds the lower jaw forward, preventing the tongue and the soft tissue of the throat from collapsing into the airway. This device was developed by Dr Keith Thornton a leader in Dental Sleep Medicine and a colleague and co-faculty member with Dr. Otten at the Pankey Institute.