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Sleep Apnea Snore Guard

According to the National Sleep Foundation, Sleep apnea affected more than 18 million Americans. 1 in 5 adults has mild sleep apnea and 1 in 15 has moderate to severe sleep apnea. 75% of populations are undiagnosed and not tested for this serious condition.
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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder that happens when a person’s breathing is disturbed during sleep. People with undiagnosed and untreated Sleep Apnea stop breathing normally and repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. Most patients with Sleep Apnea are not aware of their condition. Only a Sleep Study can determine if someone has Sleep Apnea or not.

Conveniently, we offer a take home sleep study so you can sleep in your own bed while being tested. We have sleep Physicians as well for diagnosis and prescription of proper oral appliances.

Mild to Moderate and some Severe Sleep Apnea are qualified for oral Appliances. Most Severe Sleep Apnea patients need CPAP.

Most Medical Insurances cover the study, testing and oral appliances.

Concerned About Sleep Apnea?
Take This Quick Sleep Study Survey To Assess Your Risk Level.

Sleep Apnea and Snore Guard

The word “apnea” literally means “without breath.” There are three types of apnea.

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): Is the most common and is caused by a blockage of the airway, when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses and closes during sleep.
  • Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): Is when the brain fails to signal the muscles for breathing due to disturbances in the respiratory control center in brain.
  • Mixed Sleep Apnea: Is a mixture of the two.

The role of dentist in treatment of sleep apnea is to make oral appliances that help to keep the airway open during sleep. Such devices can be specifically “designed” by some dentists with special expertise and knowledge in treating sleep apnea. They reduce airway turbulence and stop the snoring. These custom sleep apnea mouthpieces, often called by the general public, ‘sleep apnea mouth guards’, are often most effective in sleep apnea patients who have mild or moderate sleep apnea.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, Sleep apnea affected more than 18 million Americans. 1 in 5 adults has mild sleep apnea and 1 in 15 has moderate to severe sleep apnea. 75% of the population are undiagnosed and not tested for this serious condition.

Snore Guard Oral Appliance

Dr. Mehrshad Shelyan is a qualified provider for treatment of sleep apnea using Oral Appliances. Along with the prescribing physicians, Dr. Shelyan has helped many people get diagnosed properly and treated for sleep apnea, resulting in better sleep quality and a healthier life.

Am I at Risk for Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, even children. Risk factors for sleep apnea include:

  • Nasal obstruction due to a deviation in septum, allergies, or sinus problems
  • Being male
  • Being overweight
  • Being over age 40
  • Having a large neck size (17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women)
  • Having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw bone
  • Having a family history of sleep apnea
  • Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD (Acid Reflux)
Risks and consequences

If left undiagnosed and untreated, sleep apnea can result in serious health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure, irregular heartbeats
  • Heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Depression and fatigues
  • Worsening of ADHD
  • Severe Headaches
  • Under-performance at work and social activities.
  • Academic underachievement
  • Motor vehicle accidents
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea (One or combination of the following)
  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up multiple times with a sore or dry throat
  • Sleepiness while driving
  • Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
  • Occasionally waking up with a clogging or gasping sensation
  • Morning headaches
  • Restless sleep
  • Forgetfulness, mood changes, and a decreased interest in sex and impotency
Sleep Apnea Tests and Diagnosis

If you have any of above symptoms, we may ask you to have a sleep apnea test, called a Polysomnogram. We offer a take home sleep study test that you can do in the comfort of your own bed. The result are analyzed by a qualified sleep specialist to determine whether or not you have sleep apnea. Our Physicians will prescribe the proper oral appliance for treatment.

Most Medical Insurances cover the study, testing and oral appliances.