Sleep Apnea

Causes of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the tongue is stuck against the back of the throat, blocking the upper airway causing air flow to stop. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a very common chronic disorder that may create respiratory or cardiovascular complications if left untreated.

Signs that you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea are:

  • Snoring loudly
  • Gasping for air or pausing when breathing during sleep
  • Feeling sleepy during the day and sometimes falling asleep at inappropriate times
  • Waking up more than 2 times a night to use the bathroom
  • If you are more than 30 pounds overweight with a large neck size


Snoring is caused when the muscles and soft tissue in the throat and mouth relax, making the breathing airway smaller. A relaxed and/or collapsed airway produces soft tissue vibrations during breathing and snoring is the result.

Snoring Appliance

A snoring appliance is an oral appliance that resembles an athletic mouthpiece. Small and flexible, it has no moving parts, masks, hoses or batteries. Generally made from sterile plastic, it is easy to clean with a regular toothbrush.

Snoring appliances can be custom-fit by a dentist in one simple, painless visit. Fit to the patient's teeth, the appliance will keep the upper and lower jaw in position when the jaw and throat muscles relax during sleep. This keeps the airway open, providing restful, quiet sleep.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment to discuss whether an appliance is an option for you. The appliance may be covered by your insurance.