Dental Sleep Apnea/Snoring Solution

It's estimated that between 20 - 30 million Americans have sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder which is caused by a blockage of the airway. If left untreated, sleep apnea could result in serious health risks, including stroke, heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. You may have seen a device, called “CPAP” (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) to treat sleep apnea. CPAP has been proven effective if the patient keeps using the device. Unfortunately, some people don't like having to wear the headgear with a mask attached to their face throughout the night. Now, there is a dental sleep apnea and snoring solution, an alternative to CPAP. This oral appliance works by moving the lower jaw slightly forward, which keeps the airway open. Two of the main benefits of this oral appliance are as follows: 1. You don't have to wear that headgear; and 2. You don't need to have an air pump to push air though the nose. This oral appliance is for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea and/or snoring. Please contact our office if you have any questions about this new dental sleep apnea

Home Sleep Study

Dr. Tawa's office works with a company that provides home sleep study services. Instead of having to go to traditional sleep labs, you can sleep in the comfort of your own bed and take a home sleep test using a physiological recorder worn on the forehead. Please contact Dr. Tawa's office if you're interested in the home sleep study services.


Sleep Apnea and Cavities

People with sleep apnea often sleep with their mouth open. This can result in their saliva drying out and they wake up in the morning with a dry mouth. Saliva has a protective effect on the teeth. Saliva keeps the acidity of the mouth regulated and helps protect against bacterial infection. The bacteria can exist in plaque and they can cause damage by releasing acids that break down the protective enamel of the tooth. In the absence of saliva the teeth are more prone to decay. Besides the potential cavity issue, there are many health risks associated with sleep apnea such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, etc.   According to the AASM, patients untreated for moderate to severe sleep apnea had a decreased life expectancy of 8 – 11 years as opposed to patients that were treated for the same condition.
If you are experiencing a dry mouth in the morning and/or your partner or spouse has mentioned that you sometimes stop breathing during your sleep, you may want to have a sleep study done immediately.