What is Sleep Apnea?

OSA is a condition where the tissues of the throat and tongue completely block the airway causing brief periods of suffocation which can dangerously reduce the body’s oxygen levels. The brain alerts the muscles of the airway to open the blocked airway which disrupts the quality of our much needed sleep and we wake up tired and unrested.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects more than 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, excessive daytime sleepiness and other destructive problems. You may be in danger when operating a vehicle or other heavy equipment as OSA causes serious concentration problems that lead to “drowsy driving” and other dangerous situations.

If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are currently on CPAP therapy you may be a candidate for the dental appliance. Some patients who are diagnosed with snoring, mild or moderate sleep apnea may be able to be treated with the dental appliance therapy.

For those who are severe sleep apnea or hypopnic patient’s co- therapy may be an option to decrease the air pressure on the CPAP machine and make it easier to wear and sleep.

The most common symptoms of obstructive sleep are:

  • Loud Snoring

  • Intermittent Breathing Stoppages During Sleep

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

  • Restless sleep

  • Difficulty Concentrating

  • Poor Memory

  • Irritability or Moodiness

  • Impotence

If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are currently on CPAP therapy you may be a candidate for the dental appliance. Some patients who are diagnosed with snoring, mild or moderate sleep apnea can be treated with the dental appliance therapy.

For those who are severe sleep apnea or hypopnic patient’s co- therapy may be an option to decrease the air pressure on the CPAP machine and make it easier to wear and sleep. If you are “intolerant” to your CPAP therapy and just unable to use the machine and/or wear it all night, come and see us. The oral appliance has proven to be very effective in even the most severe cases. While Dr. Layman would not suggest replacing CPAP use with an oral appliance if you have no problems with your current treatment, the majority of our patients were going untreated and the CPAP was the only option for treatment given to them. Dr. Layman works with your sleep doctor, primary care and any other physicians on your team to ensure you are getting the best treatment for you. In some cases some treatment is better than non at all.