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Snoring and sleep apnea are more than just a nuisance. Serious health issues could also result.

Snoring and sleep apnea inhibit deep, restorative sleep. This results in extreme tiredness through the following day, which can negatively affect personal, intellectual and physical performance and quality of life.

And snoring doesn't merely interrupt your sleep cycle. The struggle for breath can result in soaring blood pressure, which can damage the walls of the carotid arteries and increase the risk of stroke. At certain levels of severity, complete blockage of the airway space by the soft tissues and the tongue can occur. If this period of asphyxiation lasts longer than 10 seconds, it is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a medical condition with serious long-term effects.

Obstruction of the airway causes the heart rate to fall below normal, with decreases in blood oxygen levels. The obstruction will not clear until blood oxygen levels fall low enough to trigger the brain to send a signal for a release of adrenaline to prevent suffocation. The airway obstruction is usually broken with a gasp for air and, due to the adrenaline release, an increased heart rate.

Our office offers a number of products to combat snoring and sleep apnea, thus improving your overall health.

 

 

 Silent Nite SL

 EMA


To combat snoring and sleep apnea, try the Slient Nite SL or EMA devices. They position the lower jaw forward using special connectors that are attached to upper and lower splints. These devices are flexible, thin and comfortable, and they exhibit documented clinical success in mitigating or even preventing the disruptive, unhealthy effects of snoring and sleep apnea.