Sleep Apnea & Snoring
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder which occurs due to the narrowing or total closure of the airway. Sleep apnea involves repeated breathing interruptions during sleep, which can occur hundreds of times each night. During normal breathing, air passes through the nose and past the flexible structures in the back of the throat. When a person is awake, the muscles hold this airway open. Sleep apnea occurs when a person is asleep and the upper airway and airflow are blocked. This causes oxygen levels to drop in both the brain and the blood, resulting in shallow breathing or breathing pauses during sleep.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
Certain factors can put people at risk for developing sleep apnea, which includes:
- Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
- Cardiovascular problems
- Family history
- Nasal congestion
- Throat and tongue muscles that are more relaxed than normal
Sleep Apnea Treatment
While a CPAP machine can be a fix for some patients, it isn’t a stand-alone solution. Using our state of the art technology, Dr. DeStefano is able to fabricate a custom oral sleep appliance to solve some, or all, of these issues over time. Dr. DeStefano can measure and record your muscles in their proper relaxed jaw position. Then, he is able to measure you for the MircrO2 appliance.
What is the MicrO2 Appliance?
The MircrO2 appliance is a non-invasive and comfortable solution to sleep apnea. Unlike a CPAP machine, MircrO2 isn’t constrictive, does not have cords, masks or loud noises. However, MircrO2 is not your typical mouth guard. It is a custom fabricated adjustable, professional device. The appliance keeps your jaw forward in its proper position while you sleep, allowing your airway to remain open.
After wearing the sleep appliance for a few weeks, Dr. DeStefano will send you home with our in-office take-home sleep study. This study will measure your apneas, pulse, oxygen levels, and snoring episodes. Then, Dr. DeStefano can analyze this information and make adjustments to your appliance as needed to help you reach optimal results.
MicrO2 Appliance Benefits
MircrO2 offers patients many benefits including:
- Better airway protection
- Easy to use
- Custom Made
- Mask/Hose Free
Schedule a Consultation
Are you sick of snoring? Sick of your CPAP machine? Recently diagnosed with sleep apnea? Contact us today at DeStefano Dentistry by calling (585) 248-2383 to schedule your sleep apnea appliance consultation.