People who suffer from sleep apnea stop breathing for 10-20 seconds, or sometimes even a minute or longer. They can also find it difficult to breath and have to gasp for air. Sleep apnea temporarily delays breathing during sleep and can occur many times during the night. A common sign of sleep apnea is heavy snoring with pauses between breaths.
There are two major types of sleep apnea – obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). Some people have a combination of both types – called mixed sleep apnea (MSA). A diagnosis from your doctor, often accompanied by a sleep study, is the only way to classify your sleep apnea. It can be mild, moderate or severe, based on the number of times in an hour that your breathing stops (which is the apnea). Most mild obstructive sleep apnea can be treated with mouthpieces like Snore Guard.
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine states that a Snore Guard (a device for reducing the symptoms of snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea) and many other oral appliances are considered effective by the FDA for treatment of snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Snore Guard is clinically proven to help eliminate the problem of snoring before it starts. The comfortable design aligns your jaw in a comfortable forward position – keeping your airway open and clear – so you get a good night’s rest. Dr Vu and staff are trained in oral appliance and sleep apnea therapy, and they work with sleep physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care for sleep-related breathing disorders.
Once a patient is diagnosed with sleep apnea or a sleep-related breathing disorder, Dr Vu may provide treatment. Dental assistants help patients in the selection and fitting of an oral appliance and provide long-term follow-up care.
To setup an appointment for sleep apnea treatment or to get more information on a snore guard, use the contact form below. You can also click to call at: (360) 380-4553