What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a medical disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts while you sleep. This can happen hundreds of times throughout the night. There are three types of sleep apnea, with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) being the most common form of this disorder. OSA is when the upper airways get partially or completely blocked during sleep.

Why does this happen? During sleep, the muscles in the back of your throat relax. In some people, these relaxed muscles can collapse and block the airways. When you stop breathing, your brain senses danger and partially wakes you to reopen the airways. These recurrent apnea episodes interfere with deep sleep, leading to chronic fatigue and a host of health problems.

The Effects of Sleep Apnea on your Body

Before diving into how sleep apnea dental appliances work, you must understand the importance of seeking treatment. Sleep quality is as, if not more important than diet and exercise for your overall well-being. Quality sleep allows you to recover from the day’s stress, recharges your body and mind, and repairs damage to help you maintain optimal health.

Why should you see a sleep apnea specialist? Because if left untreated, sleep apnea can kill you. Studies have shown that sleep apnea can cause hypertension, stroke, coronary artery disease, and congestive heart failure. In addition to health problems, sleep apnea impairs cognitive function.

Your Trusted, Friendly Dental Team

Our team is ready to meet you. And we’re here to walk alongside you and be your trusted resource for a healthy smile. Whether you’re visiting us for a routine checkup or to address a significant dental concern, we’re ready to welcome you to the Barry Road family. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

We Proudly Feature ProSomnus Sleep Technologies

The least intrusive, most comfortable patient preferred
therapy to treat your sleep apnea and snoring.

Step 1

Schedule a Sleep Apnea Appointment

We pride ourselves in providing the highest quality of care. Our doctor will work with you to identify your needs and customize the best treatment plan for your needs.

Step 2

Take a Home
Sleep Test

A convenient home sleep test will determine whether or not you have sleep apnea.

Step 3

Get Fitted for a
Custom Device

Your Provider will take impressions, fit you for a cutting-edge device, and instruct you on usage, care, and maintenance.