Snore Prevention & Sleep Apnea

Snoring is a common problem amongst men and women. Is snoring merely and annoyance or, is it a more severe health problem called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

OSA is when the airway is partially or fully blocked during sleep. The person tries to breathe but the harder they try, the tighter the airway closes. The brain then panics and the person wakes up a bit with a gasp for breath.

Some patients can even stop breathing for short periods of time; this lack of oxygen to all of the vital organs can cause several health issues, including uncontrolled high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack, stroke, learning and memory problems, compromised immune system, diabetes, early nursing home placement and other conditions.

It has been found that clenching or grinding of the teeth during sleep, (called Bruxism) may be the body’s way of trying to keep the jaw forward and the airway open; also making the teeth and joints sore.

This process of snoring, gasping and lack of oxygen continues all night and the person wakes up feeling like they did not get a restful night sleep. They are still very tired and unable to function during the day.

Sleep studies are performed by a doctor of sleep medicine. If you are found to have sleep apnea, the first choice for treatment is a CPAP. A CPAP machine has a mask that is worn over the face and oxygen is forced into the airway during sleep. Those who do not tolerate the CPAP may like an oral appliance!

Oral appliances are simple and often more comfortable than a CPAP! They work by holding the jaw forward and keeping the airway open thus helping the patient get a more restful night sleep.

After patients are wearing the appliance successfully, we encourage our patients to schedule a follow up sleep study to see if the appliance is working the way that it is supposed to and whether or not some adjustment is necessary.

Doctor's Curtis and Kent Godfrey have been treating snoring and sleep apnea for almost 15 years now, and have helped hundreds of patients who couldn't tolerate CPAP.

If you would like more information, please call our office at 529-4321 for a FREE CONSULTATION!