Sleep Apnea and snoring

Sleep Apnea is a common and serious sleeping disorder that happens when your regular breathing is interrupted during sleep.  Snoring is common among patients with sleep apnea but not all are snorers have sleep apnea.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a number health problems including:

  • high blood pressure
  • stroke
  • heart failure, irregular heartbeat and heart attack
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • worsening of ADHD

Sleep apnea can be treated.  There are several options:

  • CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) This is a device which improves breathing while you sleep.  the device supplies air through the nasal passages and the air pressure keeps the airway open while sleeping.
  • Oral Appliances otherwise known as a sleep apnea appliance.  This oral device can shift and support the jaw to precent the airway from collaspsing.  Research show that oral appliances can sucessfully prevent sleep apnea in some mild to moderate cases.
  • Surgery-according to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine upper airway surgery may be recommended when other treatment options are unsuccessful.

Dr. Burns will need you to bring a copy of your sleep study to see if you have a positive diagnosis for obstructive sleep apnea.  If you have obstructive sleep apnea, then you may be a candidate to have a sleep apnea appliance made.