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Blake Dental Arts


(941) 792-0260

George H. Burgess, D.D.S., P.A.

Sleep Apnea

PDM_Sleep_Apnea_CPAP_Machine.jpgSleep apnea is a disorder characterized by the interruption of breathing that occurs while a person sleeps. A person with undiagnosed sleep apnea may stop breathing hundreds of times throughout the night. This serious disorder can starve the body and brain of oxygen and has the potential to be very dangerous if the person does not seek treatment. 

There are two types of sleep apnea in Denton, TX: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). The blockage occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat caves in during sleep and causes sleep apnea known as OSA. When the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, it causes sleep apnea to manifest as CSA, the less common of the two forms that may be triggered by instability in the respiratory control center.

While treatment options vary depending on the patient’s individual case and severity, sleep apnea dentistry is sometimes employed in cases where the person cannot tolerate continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a common remedy that uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends dental appliances or devices for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea who are not eligible for CPAP. Many different devices are available within the sphere of sleep apnea dentistry. 

Some commonly used sleep apnea dentistry appliances include

  • Mandibular advancement device (MAD), which resemble a sports mouth guard. They keep the airways open by pushing the lower jaw forward and slightly downward.
  • Tongue retraining device (TRD) is a splint that keeps the airways open by holding the tongue in place.