Sleep Apnea & Snoring
What is Sleep Apnea?
There is a rapidly emerging awareness of sleeping and breathing disorders. Sleep studies are being done more frequently, and people are realizing that there are solutions for their nighttime snoring and frequent waking. 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 hundred 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 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 a certain risk for developing sleep apnea, which include:
- Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
- Cardiovascular problems
- Family history
- Nasal congestion
- Throat and tongue muscles that are more relaxed than normal
Sleep Apnea Treatment
While the CPAP can be a fix for some cases, it isn’t the stand-alone solution. With advanced studies, Dr. DeStefano is able to fabricate a custom oral sleep appliance to solve some, or all, of these issues over time. Using our state of the art technology, Dr. DeStefano uses a unique sleep apnea treatment. By measuring and recording your muscles in their proper relaxed jaw position. Dr DeStefano is able to measure you for the MircrO2 appliance.
What is the MicrO2 Appliance?
The MircrO2 appliance is a far more superior choice for many patients; it is non-invasive, comfortable, isn’t constrictive like a CPAP, no more cords, masks or loud noises. This 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. Dr. DeStefano can then analyze this information to make adjustments to your appliance to help you reach the optimal result.
MicrO2 Appliance Benefits
- Better airway protection
- Easy to use
- Custom Made
- Mask/Hose Free
Schedule a Consultation
Are you sick of snoring? Sick of an annoying CPAP machine? Recently diagnosed with sleep apnea? Contact us today at DeStefano Dentistry to schedule your sleep apnea appliance consultation.