There are several causes of Sleep Apnea. Blocked or narrowed airways in your nose, mouth, or throat can cause sleep apnea. Your airways can become blocked when your throat muscles and tongue relax during sleep.
Sleep apnea can also occur if you have large tonsils or adenoids. During the day, when you are awake and standing up, these may not cause problems. But when you lie down at night, they can press down on your airway, narrowing it and causing sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can also occur if you have a problem with your jawbone.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your airway can be blocked or narrowed during sleep because:
Sleep apnea is more likely to occur if you are overweight, use certain medicines or alcohol before bed, or sleep on your back.
An oral may be able to help keep your airway open while you sleep. The oral device is fitted by our office and worn much like a retainer or sport mouthguard.
It is designed to keep the mandible (jaw) and tongue in a forward position that allows the airway to remain open. Oral devices work best for patients with mild to moderate OSA, patients who experience OSA mostly in the supine position (when sleeping on their backs), and for those who are not obese and do not have a large neck.
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Treatment with an oral appliance can have several health benefits. They include:
Dr. Gonzales has been treating sleep apnea patients for over 15 years. Not only has he been treating patients with sleep apnea, but Dr. Gonzales is also a patient and uses the same methods he treats his patients with. In fact Dr. Gonzales is highly regarded as an alternative provider to CPAP. He has trained with the inventor of Full Breath, Dr. Bryan Keropian. See how Dr. Gonzales can help you sleep better and be CPAP free.