What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a disorder that causes interruptions in breathing during sleep.  Every time that the normal breathing pattern is interrupted the brain is depleted of oxygen.  People are awake several times each night. This lack of a full sleep causes daytime grogginess.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects 1 in 7 people in the United States.  The airway shuts down when the muscles and tongue relax to occlude the space.  With less oxygen to the brain, the signal is sent to open the relaxed muscles, causing the person to wake up with a gasp or snore.

OSA is treatable with lifestyle change, oral appliance therapy, breathing assistance machines (CPAP), and surgery. We are using a custom made Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD).