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Sleep Apnea

May 29, 2015
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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.

There are two main types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.

Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

Sleep Apnea can cause:

  • Chronic sleepiness
  • Strokes
  • Heart Attacks
  • Heartburn
  • Morning Headaches
  • Depression
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Impotence


How can your dentist help?

Van De Walle Family Dentistry is happy to offer some options of treating your sleep apnea. With an oral device that is custom made to wear while sleeping, the appliance holds the lower jaw forward, preventing the tongue and soft tissue of the throat from collapsing into the airway.