Sleep Apnea

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.

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Sleep Apnea Dentist in Santa Rosa

Sleep Apnea is a Dangerous Condition.

Because sleep apnea deprives the brain of oxygen during sleep, it’s a potentially deadly condition that has effects on your health beyond snoring, including high blood pressure and heart disease.

Dentists Can Treat Some Types of Sleep Apnea.

Dr. McCormick is experienced in diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea and has helped lots of patients achieve better sleep and airway health. 

We Offer Less-Invasive Alternatives to CPAP.

Mild and moderate obstructive sleep apnea can be effectively treated with a custom-fitted oral appliance that gently opens the airways without the need for a CPAP machine. 

Sleep Apnea dentistry

If you are among the increasing number of people diagnosed with sleep apnea, talk with Dr. McCormick about what dental sleep apnea treatment may be able to do for you.

Untreated sleep apnea is dangerous, as the condition causes repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep. This means the brain, and the rest of the body, doesn’t get enough oxygen during crucial resting hours, which leads to a wide range of illnesses: Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and depression, among others. It also leads to poor sleep, which can affect performance at work, school and in daily life.

There are several medical treatments available to sleep apnea patients, but they aren’t always comfortable, convenient, or effective for everyone. In particular, sleeping with a CPAP machine, the standard treatment for sleep apnea, doesn’t always work for patients. Working with both your sleep medicine specialist and your dentist can result in improved treatment options.

Sleep Apnea basics

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.

The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, caused by a blockage of the airway whil