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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Snoring & Sleep Apnea

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Your dental needs are a very personal thing, and you deserve to have all the information you need to make sound decisions about certain treatments or procedures. We don't just tell you what we think is best for you. Our doctors take the time to explain what the procedure is, why it's necessary, and how it will benefit you in the long-term. So we welcome and encourage your questions, because it's the best way for us to know what's on your mind.

Here are a few of the questions we hear most often, but you may have others that you don't see here. Please don't ever hesitate to contact our office if you're looking for more information. 

Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Couple Asleep in Bed | Sleep Apnea Treatment in PhoenixIf you or your partner snore excessively or wake up feeling fatigued and then drag through the rest of your day, you may have sleep apnea.

The first line of treatment for severe sleep apnea is a CPAP machine that helps keep the airway open while you sleep. But many patients don’t use the CPAP as prescribed because they find it bulky, noisy, and uncomfortable to wear.

However, sleep apnea treatment at our Phoenix dental office is a non-invasive approach that is appropriate for patients with mild sleep apnea or those who can’t tolerate the CPAP.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder. When you fall asleep, your tongue naturally falls back toward your throat. Sometimes this movement blocks your airway to the point that you can’t breathe freely.

Since you can’t breathe, your body is deprived of oxygen, and the result is a loud gasping snort as you finally catch a breath. For some patients, this can occur hundreds of times a night, with each episode lasting ten seconds or longer.

To provide relief, Dr. Chad Hines can create a customized device that is similar to a mouth guard but is designed to move your lower jaw slightly forward during sleep. This opens up your airway so you can breathe comfortably and get a good night’s sleep.

Contact our office if you think you have sleep apnea

If you are looking for a solution for your sleep apnea, please call Dental Care at Moon Valley to arrange a convenient consultation.

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