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Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain – and the rest of the body – may not get enough oxygen.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe due to instability in the respiratory control center.
Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, even children. Risk factors for sleep apnea include:
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:
In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.
There are numerous treatments for sleep apnea. Dr. McCormick uses the Somnodent Oral Sleep Appliance to treat his patients with sleep apnea related issues. Please read more about Somnodent below, and then contact Dr. McCormick’s office to make an appointment to discuss your particular sleep apnea or snoring issues.
SomnoDent is an Oral Sleep Apnea Appliance consisting of two dental plates, which look similar to a sports mouth guard. SomnoDent is custom made to fit your mouth and should be worn at night whilst you are sleeping.
Using a titration key, the SomnoDent can be gradually adjusted to bring your lower jaw forward, opening up your airway. Treatment is painless and non invasive1. SomnoDent therapy is reversible and can be used in conjunction with other treatment modalities.
The SomnoDent allows you to open and close your mouth, which means you can talk or drink with the appliance in position. Because SomnoDent is custom made to fit your mouth, you will find the appliance to be surprisingly comfortable and discreet. You will find that you’re used to wearing the device after about a week.
If you suffer from mild to moderate OSA the SomnoDent should benefit you. If your OSA is classed as severe and you can not tolerate other recommended treatments, then speak to your Sleep Physician or Dr. McCormick about trying the SomnoDent.
The SomnoDent is worn when you sleep. The device is very discrete, allowing you to close your lips so it is not obvious that you are wearing it.
Yes. SomnoDent is custom made to fit your mouth and it does not impinge on your tongue. You can open and close your mouth normally as the SomnoDent does not lock or fix your jaws together.
Dr. McCormick will thoroughly examine your teeth and mouth and may use X-rays to confirm your oral health status. Once manufactured, the appliance will be inserted by Dr. McCormick, who will show you how to insert and remove the SomnoDent by yourself.
An oral appliance is a small device, similar to an orthodontic retainer or an athletic mouthguard. It is worn in the mouth during sleep to prevent the soft throat tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airway.
Recent studies show oral appliances to be effective in treating mild to moderate OSA. The SomnoDent has also been shown to effectively treat severe obstructive sleep apnea in some cases. The SomnoDent is the only oral device to have TGA and FDA approval in Australia.
The SomnoDent is partially reimbursed by most private health insurers. We will preauthorize the device with your insurance carrier before we begin treatment.
No. There is a range of such devices available, some of which are not custom-made or adjustable. SomnoDent greatly enhances comfort, with clinical research backing its effectiveness.
If you believe that you suffer from sleep apnea, Dr. McCormick can help. Please call our office at (707) 583-9263 to make an appointment today.
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Andrew McCormick, DDS
855 Fountaingrove Pkwy, Suite 200 Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (707) 583-9263
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