|Untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for headaches, job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. It can also cause serious long-term health problems such as high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, and impotency.
Interestingly, snoring in many people has the same root causes as sleep apnea: throat weakness causing the throat to close during sleep or a mispositioned jaw often caused by tension in the muscles.
There are several treatments for apnea, but one of the most convenient and effective is the use of an oral appliance. Placed on the back teeth just before retiring, the simple easy-to-use device holds the jaw in position during the night to make certain that air passages remain open during sleep, preventing apnea and snoring in most cases.
Not all dentists have the necessary knowledge of apnea to fit and adjust the corrective oral appliances. Both Dr. Krochak and Dr. Perlman have had great success treating sleep apnea, because they are trained and experienced in these procedures and will fit and adjusts the device to maximize both its comfort and effectiveness.