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Sleep Apnea / Snoring

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What is Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while a person is asleep. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Of the three, obstructive sleep apnea often called OSA is the most common. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. In most cases, the sleeper is unaware of these breath stoppages because they do not trigger a full awakening.

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Leaving Sleep Apnea untreated

Left untreated, sleep apnea can have severe and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents occurred by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments.

While the CPAP machine is a common form of sleep apnea treatment, it can be cumbersome to wear throughout the evening, making sleep difficult or impossible. Dental appliances often offer a desirable alternative to the CPAP machine for people who cannot tolerate the CPAP and have mild to moderate sleep apnea. The dental appliance, like a mouth guard, helps keep your airway open for smooth breathing. Dr. Holton can evaluate your condition to ensure that a dental appliance is the right approach for you.

Sleep Apnea Appliance

Mixed sleep Apnea Picture EEG Example Study