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    Stop Snoring St. Louis
      Robert A. Levy, D.M.D., LLC            General Dentistry



   Treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea With Oral Appliance Therapy

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About Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring is very common, and affects a majority of adults at one time or another.  Snoring is caused by a partial blockage of the airway during sleep.  It can be disruptive to the sleep of others, and also cause the snorer to lose quality sleep.

Sleep apnea affects 18 million American adults, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.    Apnea is a stoppage of breathing during sleep.  The patient tries to breath, but the airway closes off due to the tongue falling back, or the throat closing off.  Patients often choke and gasp for air.

Sleep apnea can have serious long term health consequences, including;
  • cardiovascular
  • stroke
  • high blood pressure
  • feeling tired or fatigued
  • loss of concentration
  • increased risk of auto accidents

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Can Be Treated Effectively!

  • Oral Appliance Therapy-specialized mouthpieces that hold the jaw forward to keep the airway open during sleep.

  • CPAP-a breathing mask connected to an air pump.  This is worn over the nose during sleep.
  • Surgery-in some cases, surgery to the soft palate, uvula, tongue, back of throat, or jaw can enlarge the airway space.
  • Positional Therapy-using special pillows or shirts which help keep you off your back while you sleep.
  • Weight loss-losing weight can help decrease snoring and sleep apnea.

What is Oral Appliance Therapy?

Oral appliance therapy involves the selection, fitting, and follow up care of special dental mouthpieces that are worn in the mouth during sleep to prevent or control snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.  Dentists are uniquely qualified to perform this treatment since they are familiar with fitting patients with various types of dental devices.

Oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea hold the lower jaw forward during sleep.  This widens the airway, keeps the tongue forward, and prevents the jaw from drooping down and blocking the airway.

Oral appliance therapy is a comfortable, and non-invasive way to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, and is one of the treatments recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (www.aadsm.org).

Oral appliance therapy can help you sleep better, breathe better, and feel better!
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