Snoring can not only be a nightly nuisance, it can also indicate a more serious medical condition: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is caused by soft tissue that collapses and blocks the free airflow. When this happens, breathing stops and causes you or your loved one to wake up to breathe. Sleep Apnea is a medical condition over 30% of Americans suffer from, yet only about 10% of sufferers are ever diagnosed. Going undiagnosed can put an OSA sufferer at 3 times a greater risk for premature death.To find out whether or not you have OSA, we encourage you to contact our office so we can send you home with our home sleep study and/or partner you with the Sleep Center at St. Joseph's. If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, the SomnoDent Mouthguard may be an alternative to treating sleep apnea and may allow you to avoid the hassle of using a C-PAP machine. The mouthguard is a customized oral appliance that holds the jaw in a proper position during sleep. This in turn keeps soft tissue from collapsing and blocking airflow. The SomnoDent is known to eliminate both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea in many cases. Dr. Reece has had great results from the oral appliances he has prescribed.
Call our office today and let's see what we can do to give you a good night's rest and stop OSA in its track.