Dental Sleep Medicine

Snoring, sleeping, and OSA sleep apnea

What is snoring and sleep apnea?

Snoring is the sound that occurs when breathing is partially obstructed during sleep. Snoring occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses and blocks the normal airflow during sleep. As many as half of adults snore, and it can indicate that you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or "OSA". Not all people who snore have OSA, but if you snore, and have any of the following symptoms, you should be evaluated for OSA by undergoing a sleep study:

  • Excessive noise during sleep
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Tired upon waking
  • Morning headache
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Constant waking at night
  • Gasping or choking at night
  • High blood pressure
  • Chest pain at night
  • Sexual or Erectile Dysfunction (men)


What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, is a condition many times associated with snoring, and is diagnosed by physician using a sleep study. OSA is a very serious health problem during which a person can stop breathing for up to a minute or more due to the soft tissue in the back of the mouth and throat fully blocking the airway. This lack of oxygen to your brain and heart can wreak havoc to your entire body. Research now shows that untreated OSA can lead to the following conditions and complications:

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Impotence in men
  • ​Memory Loss
  • Depression
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Endocrine Problems
  • Liver Failure
  • End Organ Failure
  • and even death


Dental sleep apnea device OSA mandibular advancement

How we help stop snoring and control obstructive sleep apnea...

Today, somewhere between 80%-90% of adults with OSA remain undiagnosed. To help control the symptoms of snoring, or if you have been diagnosed with OSA by your physician, Dr. Alvarez can create a variety of dental sleep appliances or "a snore guard" . These type of dental snore guards and mandibular advancement devices can help you increase your oxygen level at night, as well as prevent snoring. Many times the appliances are used when a patient cannot, or will not use a "C-PAP" sleep apnea device. The dental snore guard works by advancing your jaw forward, thereby opening your airway, similar to what is seen done during CPR. There are a variety of dental sleep apnea devices done by Dr. Alvarez, including: 

  • TAP and TAP 3 Elite Device
  • EMA Dental Guard  
  • Snore-Guard Dental Snoring Device
  • SomnoMed Classic
  • SomnoMed Herbst Advance

Dr. Alvarez is a Member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine


See our video on how can we help with your snoring and sleep apnea using a simple dental solution

Want to know more?

You can learn more about snoring, and ways how to stop snoring, by reading an article featuring Dr. Alvarez on a panel of experts selected by the Huffington Post by clicking below:

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