Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that occurs when the regular breathing pattern is disrupted during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. The soft tissues at the back of the neck collapse when you sleep, blocking your airway. Sleep apnea patients often snore, but not all snorers have sleep apnea. If you notice any of the following symptoms, Gerald V. Hansen, DDS, may treat sleep apnea in Reno, Nevada:

  • Not feeling rested after sleep
  • Feeling tired during the day
  • Waking with a headache

If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in the following health problems:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack or heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression

Oral devices are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea and provide snoring prevention. They push your tongue and jaw forward. This makes the airway larger, which improves your airflow. Oral devices also reduce the chance that the tissue at the back of your throat will collapse when you breathe in. Oral devices work best on those who have mild or moderate sleep apnea and are at a healthy weight.

We welcome you to contact Hansen Cosmetic Family Dentistry today to learn more about snoring prevention and to schedule an appointment with our dentist.