Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder. It occurs when patients cease breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep. When this occurs, the brain triggers a panic response, elevating blood pressure and waking the sleeper. Many times, patients don’t even notice that this is occurring, but apnea events can occur 100s of times a night. Over time, this results in patients receiving inadequate sleep and suffering countless issues due to exhaustion. Additionally, the repeated elevation in blood pressure has been linked to cardiovascular concerns. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact our team to schedule a consultation.
If we determine you’re in need of sleep apnea treatment, Dr. Laura Torrado may be able to help you sleep soundly and breathe deeply without using the often uncomfortable continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) systems that make it difficult for many patients to adjust. Instead, Dr. Torrado custom crafts oral appliances that shift the jaw forward. This tightens the throat muscles keeping the airway clear. Some patients achieve adequate results with an oral appliance alone. However, oral appliances and CPAP can be used in combination to make the CPAP system easier for patients to adjust to.