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Obstructive Sleep Apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders. It is defined as a disturbance of your sleep pattern over an extended period of time. Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax too much and causes your throat to collapse. This means that your breathing is impaired (hypopnea) or completed stopped (apnea) due to an obstruction in your upper airway. It is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during the night. A single event lasts at least 10 seconds, but a typical sufferer has hundreds of these events per night. This is accompanied by a 4% or greater lowering of your blood oxygen level (desaturtion). Untreated Sleep Apnea can take up to 12 to 16 years off of your life expectancy. This is worse than the effects of smoking.
We work with your physician or sleep doctor to change and improve your quality of life. If you can't wear your C-Pap at night, we have a jaw positioning device that is designed to keep your throat open. We perform a pharyngometer and rhinometer test on you so we can make a custom made oral appliance. This appliance will position your jaw at night in to its best relationship to increase air flow. this will open your airway, and you'll breathe better. In most cases, it performs nearly as well as your C-Pap machine. Our oral appliance also stops your snooring. Come to us to get a better night's sleep and make eveyrone around you happier.