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Gary Llewellyn, DDS & Associates 

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Do You Have Sleep Apnea? 

Do you keep others up at night with your Snoring? 

We Can Help!!!

Sleep Apnea is one of the fastest growing medical conditions in the U.S.  Estimates have the total number of cases over 18 Million, and 10 Millions Americans have yet to be diagnosed!  Please contact our office today if you suspect you might have Sleep Apnea, or have been looking for an alternative to CPAP.

 

Snoring Is No Longer a Laughing Matter

 

You may wonder why you're reading about snoring on a dental website, but the fact is that as dental professionals, we not only take care of your teeth and gums, we are also here to help you get a good night's sleep!  While its the subject of many jokes, it can also be a serious problem. Snoring can not only interrupt your bed partner's sleep (which is no laughing matter to him or her), it is also associated with sleep apnea and cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, which can lead to a stroke.

Sleep apnea is a serious, sometimes fatal medical disorder that affects around 10% of American men over the age of 40, and 6% of American women of the same age.  Sleep apnea sufferers completely stop breathing during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times in a single night.  Normal breathing ceases because the airway becomes obstructed, causing a serious reduction of airflow to the lungs.

There are a number of dental devices that can be used to alleviate this condition. The goal of most of these devices is to separate the jaws and push them forward slightly.  This slight repositioning opens up the airway, and allows oxygen to flow freely again.  Wearers of sleep apnea dental devices report that they stop loud snoring, feel more rested in the daytime, and are much more comfortable going to sleep.  Sleep apnea appliances work best on patients who are not significantly overweight. They offer a viable alternative to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).

Sleep apnea appliances fall into two categories: fixed and adjustable.  Here are brief descriptions of some commonly used sleep apnea dental appliances:

TAP® 3 (Thornton Adjustable Positioner)

The TAP® 3 is the smallest, most comfortable member of the TAP family.  It is a two-part custom-created sleep apnea appliance that fits over the teeth in much the same way as a sports mouthguard.  The TAP® 3 projects the jaw forward to prevent the tongue and soft tissues from impeding the airway.  The lower jaw positioner is adjustable, which means that it can be altered to suit the comfort level of the wearer.  The TAP® 3 appliance can accommodate the three main types of malocclusion, and allows the lips to fully close.

If you are a snorer or sleep with someone who is, you may be interested in talking to us about a dental appliance that can help keep the noise down and save you life. You owe it to yourself, and partner too, to call us today @ 317-291-7550 to ask us about a custom made appliance that can provide a peaceful solution to your noisy nights and could be covered by your medical insurance.