What Is Sleep Apnea?
Snoring is simply the sound that occurs when soft tissues in the mouth and throat vibrate as a person breathes, but often patients that snore have sleep apnea that involves complete airway blockage for periods of 10 seconds or longer repeatedly during a sleep session. Sleep apnea can greatly increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, pre-diabetes, diabetes and depression.
Signs of Sleep Apnea include:
Loud or frequent snoring, choking or gasping while you sleep, morning headaches, daytime sleepiness or tiredness, and trouble concentrating.
How We Can Help
Dr. Jodi Sceville can consult with you for signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. If indicated, you may be referred to a qualified physician for proper diagnosis and to determine the severity of sleep apnea. We partner with many physicians in our area for the best care.
Traditionally, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) appliance is the gold standard for severe sleep apnea treatment. However, many patients do not respond well to CPAP because of a poor fit, claustrophobia or discomfort. For these patients and others, an oral appliance (sleeping guard) may be recommended. We can create a custom oral appliance to hold your lower jaw slightly forward, which prevents soft tissues from blocking airflow. Many patients find relief from this non-invasive solution, and your bed partner will thank you!
Dr. Jodi Sceville is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and committed to following all professional guidelines and recommendations for treatment of sleep apnea.