Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment in Mobile Alabama
Get effective comfortable care for Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. People with mild to moderate sleep apnea can now get a restful night’s sleep by wearing an oral appliance, similar to a mouth guard.
In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliance therapy for people with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea who are not appropriate candidates for CPAP or who have not been helped by it.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when tissues in the upper airways come too close together during sleep, temporarily blocking the inflow of air. This causes repeated interruptions of sleep during the night. If the sleep apnea sufferer sleeps separately, or lives alone, they may not even know of their condition.
There are many causes for sleep apnea, such as structural abnormalities in the face, skull or airways; enlarged tonsils or tongue enlargement; and obesity can contribute to sleep apnea when fat deposits clog throat tissue.
Degrees of severity
The severity of sleep apnea depends on how often the breathing is interrupted on an hourly basis. As a guide:
- Normal – less than five interruptions an hour
- Mild sleep apnea – between 5 and 15 interruptions an hour
- Moderate sleep apnea – between 15 and 30 interruptions an hour
- Severe sleep apnea – over 30 interruptions an hour
Left untreated, people with OSAS are far more likely to suffer debilitating effects such as depression, high blood pressure, excessive daytime sleepiness, cardiovascular disease or stroke. That’s why it’s very important to be diagnosed by an MD sleep specialist if you experience any of the aforementioned sleep-related symptoms.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Nowadays, modern dentistry can simply and efficiently treat sleep apnea without drugs or surgery. We can use Oral Appliance Therapy to make a comfortable dental device to keep your jaw and tongue in an open, relaxed position. This prevents snoring and keeps you safe while sleeping.
TAP®, the advanced Snoring Prevention Appliance
We can put an end to disruptive snoring and sleep apnea with TAP®, which has an overall 96% user success rate. This is a simple dental device similar to a custom-fitted mouthguard that’s worn in sports or for teeth grinding.
TAP is the key to a snore-free, restful night of sleep without the need for surgery, a CPAP mask or drugs. TAP is an adjustable appliance that’s custom-made to stop snoring and sleep apnea by holding your lower jaw forward. This keeps your tongue and soft palate throat tissue from blocking the airway, making breathing much easier.
This means no more snoring or gasping for air. So you’ll sleep better, which ultimately improves your quality of life.
An alternative to CPAP therapy
Many people have problems getting used to their CPAP device since they are often cumbersome, which can lead to patients becoming discouraged. The mask can cause some people to feel anxious. Nearly all patients complain of at least one side effect, and almost half of these complaints are related to the mask.
Silence your Snoring!
It is estimated that over 30 million Americans snore. Loud snoring is a dream killer for anyone within hearing range. Sleep disturbances from loud snoring can lead to daytime sleepiness, irritability, clumsiness, fatigue and weight loss or weight gain. If you or a loved one is a snorer, we can help.
What exactly is snoring?
Snoring is the sound generated during sleep by air passing through obstructed airways. When the soft tissues at the back of the throat fall against it, they vibrate. This causes the sound of snoring.
Our advanced snoring appliances are similar to a mouthguard. They work by moving your lower jaw forward. This opens the airway in your mouth and keeps the airflow from being blocked, thus eliminating snoring. Unlike devices sold in pharmacies, his appliances are custom-made for the patient’s mouth and can be adjusted as necessary to help control their snoring.
Is your loud snoring a sign of Sleep Apnea?
Loud snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. This condition causes breathing to pause repeatedly during the night, causing debilitating effects due to the lack of proper sleep. If this sounds like you or a loved one, you should see us right away.
Getting started on beating snoring and sleep apnea
Your first step is a consultation with our doctor. We work with a respected local MD sleep specialist in order to help our patients avoid the need of a costly CPAP machine. We will refer you to this medical specialist to find out for sure if you just have just a snoring problem – or if you also have sleep apnea.
If it turns out that you are a candidate for appliance therapy for either a snoring problem or mild to moderate sleep apnea, we will explain the treatment and answer any questions you may have. And he can fit you for your oral appliance right in our office.
To make an appointment, call 251‑243‑7799 or click here to request an appointment online.