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What Is Sleep Apnea?

“Sleep apnea occurs when you go to bed at night, and you fall asleep and the tongue starts to fall back into the airway and plugs up the airway so you can’t breathe.”


Over 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Most of the patients who suffer from sleep apnea don’t even realize they have it. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs due to a blockage in the airway that causes the patient to stop breathing several times while they sleep each night. Many of our patients find relief from sleep apnea using our convenient dental appliances. They tell us our appliances are much easier to use—an CPAP alternative. If you’re concerned that you or someone you care about could be suffering from sleep apnea, call 636-625-1225 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Boscia today. He’ll make sure you get the correct diagnosis and the treatment that’s right for you.


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Many people don’t realize they have a problem until snoring becomes an issue or they find they are extremely sleep deprived. Interrupted sleep can take its toll on your well-being and quality of life.

Some of the warning signs that you might need a CPAP alternative are these symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Snoring
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Moodswings
  • High Blood Pressure

Stages of Gum Disease

  • Red, swollen, inflamed gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • “Pockets” form between the teeth and gums
  • Gum recession
  • Gaps between the teeth
Advanced Periodontitis
  • Connective tissues destroyed
  • Shifting or loose teeth
  • Tooth and bone loss

Sleep Apnea FAQs

  • What Is Sleep Apnea?

    Sleep apnea is a disorder that stops a person’s breathing cycle while they sleep. Each night, a sleep apnea sufferer will have pauses in their breath due to an obstruction in their throat.

    The frequent disruptions can happen from five to as many as 100 times per hour. When a person wakes up in the morning, they’ll feel extremely tired, but think they got a good night’s rest. Only a sleep study can determine whether or not they suffer from the condition.

  • What Are The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea?

    Snoring is typically the first sign of sleep apnea, but not every snorer has a sleep disorder. If your snoring is also accompanied by any of these symptoms, you may suffer from sleep apnea and should receive a sleep study right away.

    • Daytime drowsiness
    • Fatigue
    • Gasping for air at night
    • Headaches
    • Mood swings
    • Irritability
    • Memory loss
    • Frequent urination at night
  • How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

    Generally, sleep apnea is treated with a CPAP mask that works to continuously blow air through your nose and throat to clear the obstruction that’s interrupting your breathing. Due to its bulkiness and discomfort, sufferers stop using their CPAP mask which means they’re no longer receiving treatment.

    As an alternative, we offer oral appliance therapy, which is a small, convenient, and comfortable mouthguard that’s worn every night. It helps move your jaw forward and opens up your airway so you can breathe properly during your sleep.

    Dr. Boscia also offers holistic solutions to help alleviate your sleep apnea. These include:

    • Reach and maintain a healthy weight
    • Treat acid reflux, congestion, and coughs
    • Adjust your sleeping position
    • Avoid excessive alcohol, smoking, and the overuse of sedatives
    • Take vitamins and minerals
    • Herbal remedies
    • Acupuncture

    Surgery may also be a good treatment for people with severe cases of sleep apnea and for a more permanent solution.

  • How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

    Interrupted sleep can cause many different problems that affect your overall health, especially when left untreated. Health conditions that could arise due to untreated sleep apnea include:

    • Heart disease
    • Stroke
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Hypertension
    • Sexual dysfunction
    • Obesity
    • High blood pressure
    • Kidney complications
    • In some cases, fatality
  • Who’s at a Higher Risk for Sleep Apnea?

    Sleep apnea is typically seen in older adults and males. Younger people and women still can suffer from the sleep disorder, but it’s not as common.

    Additionally, overweight and obese people, smokers, exessive alcohol drinkers, as well as someone with a family history of the condition, might be at a higher risk for sleep apnea too.

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