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If you have sleep apnea and are unable to use a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, you may be a good candidate for oral appliance therapy. This is a treatment for people with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. This removable oral appliance is custom-made to specifically form to the shape of your teeth and mouth. This appliance moves the tongue and lower jaw forward and allows the airways to open for better breathing.

Can you ignore sleep apnea?
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are not being treated, you might want to consider the health risks for ignoring treatment. You will likely be more at-risk for a variety of complications, including:

–Daytime fatigue, drowsiness, and irritability. You are more at risk for workplace or driving accidents, and may be moody or depressed.

–Heart problems or high blood pressure. This drop in blood oxygen levels strains the cardiovascular system and raises your blood pressure. You may be more at risk for stroke, hypertension, abnormal heartbeat and heart attack.

–Type 2 diabetes. You are more likely to develop insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

–Metabolic syndrome. This is a collection of other risk factors linked to the higher risk of heart disease. This includes abnormal cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and increased waist size.

–Liver problems. People with sleep apnea show signs of scarring on their livers.

What to do if you have sleep apnea:
If you suffer from sleep apnea and cannot tolerate a CPAP device, you may be a good candidate to wear a custom-made oral appliance. Dr. Lopes provides a custom-made oral appliance to help you breathe continuously while you sleep. It is cleared by the FDA, so you can be assured that your appliance is safe and effective to wear. Also, these oral appliances used for sleep apnea are often covered by most insurance companies (our office accepts most PPO dental insurances).

If you have sleep apnea and are ready for a good night’s sleep again, please call our dental office today at 707-996-6704 and let us help you find relief you are looking for. Dr. Lopes will work with you to find the best treatment for your sleep apnea and snoring disorder.