It is estimated that more than 20 million people in the United States suffer from Sleep Apnea and many cases are undiagnosed.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the tongue collapses against other soft tissues at night and blocks your airway causing a pause in the passage of air to your lungs.
Most people with OSA aren't aware that they have issue breathing at night. They often have issues with snoring and sleep restlessly and suffer from regular daytime fatigue.
Their lack of uninterrupted sleep can have negative side effects on their overall health and contribute to other health issues.
One of the most common treatments, especially for chronic OSA, is a CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine worn at night. Some people can't tolerate or don't need that type of machine however, and see alternative treatments.
Prosthodontists, including Dr. Emmer, are able to work with suitable candidates to fit them for an oral device that repositions the tongue and/or lower jaw forward at night, preventing the blockage of the airway, and enabling better sleep.
Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Emmer today to see whether or not this type of oral device could work for you.
After years of my wife complaining about my snoring, my doctor mentioned that I may have sleep apnea and that it could cause other damaging effects on my overall health. I was diagnosed with mild OSA which Dr. Emmer was able to treat by fitting me for a device I wear at night. I sleep better now, as does my wife, and I have tons more energy too."