Sleep Apnea & Snoring

Here at Harmony Family Dentistry, we focus on our patient’s overall health and wellness. Getting a good night’s rest has a large impact on the way we think and go about our day. Dr. Julie Jang and our team have been trained to help in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. We are a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the only non-profit, national association dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 50-70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. One of the most common sleep disorders is obstructive sleep apnea. It afflicts at least 25 million adults in the United States. Sleep apnea is a serious disease that can cause you to stop breathing up to hundreds of times per night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk for several other health problems, such as high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.

Surprising Solutions

Sleep apnea often is treated with a CPAP machine. It has a motor and long tubing, and it requires you to wear a face mask while you sleep. As a dentist with experience in dental sleep medicine, Dr. Julie Jang offers an effective alternative to CPAP by treating snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. An oral appliance is a custom-fitted device that is similar to an orthodontic retainer. Worn only during sleep, it maintains an open, unobstructed airway and prevents sleep apnea and snoring.

 

Compared with a CPAP machine and mask, oral appliances are less cumbersome and more discreet for both the snorer and their partner. When compared with CPAP, oral appliances can feel less burdensome, making it a less embarrassing choice than a bulky CPAP machine and mask. Oral appliances also come with the perks of being silent, portable and easy to clean.

Information is provided by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.