Sleep apnea is a disorder that disrupts normal breathing patterns during sleep. Snoring is common among those with sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airflow is blocked during sleep because the soft tissue at the back of your throat collapses. Sleep apnea is more common among patients who:

  • Are over age 40
  • Are overweight
  • Have large tonsils or tongue
  • Have a small jaw
  • Have a family history of sleep apnea
  • Have a nasal obstruction

Drs. David, Samuel, and Augustine Borgmeyer treat sleep apnea in St. Louis, Missouri, so you can breathe continually and get a better night’s rest. Oral devices are often used to effectively treat obstructive sleep apnea. These devices, which are provided by our dentists, push your tongue and jaw forward, making the airway larger and improving your airflow. Oral devices reduce the risk of the soft tissues at the back of your throat collapsing and narrowing your airway. This type of oral device may be an alternative to CPAP. They may be recommended for patients who:

  • Have mild to moderate sleep apnea
  • Prefer not to use CPAP treatment
  • Had surgery or CPAP treatment that did not work
  • Are at a healthy weight

To learn more and schedule your next appointment, contact Borgmeyer Dental today.