What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a rather common disorder in which a person can have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while they sleep. These pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. This can occur anywhere from 20 or more times an hour. When breathing pauses or becomes shallow, a person often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep. As a result, the quality of sleep is poor, which causes excessive daytime tiredness.

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. This can cause shallow breathing or breathing pauses. Most people who have sleep apnea don't know they have it because it only occurs when they are asleep. A family member might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea.

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If left Untreated sleep apnea can:

  • Increase the risk of diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, heart attack
  • The chances of having work-related or a driving accident Increase
  • Enhance the risk of, or even worsen, heart failure

The American Heart Association stated, "Sleep apnea isn't just snoring.
Left untreated, the condition can lead to serious cardiovascular problems."

Sleep apnea affects a large portion of our population.  An estimated 60-70 million people in the United States suffer from some sort of chronic sleep disorder and approximately 20 million have Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA). Over 80% of these people are either undiagnosed or in denial.  Sleep apnea impacts both women and men, although it is more common with men. The number of people with apnea increases with age. For people 65 and older, apnea affects as many as 65%!

Nearly 50% of people who snore loudly have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea often results in a lack of energy. It is also grouped together with grinding of the teeth headaches early in the morning, depression, acid reflux disease and migraine headaches.

Oral ApplianceThe solution to OSA and the health problems that accompany it can be simple in most cases. A small oral appliance, fitted by a trained dentist, is a straightforward and convenient resolution to OSA. The appliance is similar to a sports mouth guard, and is completely non-invasive. It works by repositioning and stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue to prevent the soft tissue from relaxing into the airway

Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy:

  • Oral appliances are easy to wear. It can take only a couple of weeks to become acclimated to wearing the appliance.
  • Oral appliances are small and suitable to carry when traveling.
  • Treatment with oral appliances is reversible and non-invasive

Aspen Sleep Center is dedicated to helping patients manage snoring and obstructive sleep apnea through dental appliances. We offer therapy that includes sleep evaluations, sleep monitoring devices, and custom appliance selection and fabrication.

Aspen Sleep Center offers oral appliance therapy as a comfortable and affordable alternative to the forced air breathing machines utilized by traditional apnea management centers.

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Oral appliance therapy is covered
by most medical insurances and Medicare