Snoring Appliance

Obstructive Sleep Apnea & Sleep Disordered Breathing in Adults

There are three things that are fundamental to life: breathingsleeping and eating. In the person with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Dysfunctional Upper Airway Insufficiency or Airway Obstruction, two of them are compromised.

  1. Are you a loud and/or regular snorer?
  2. Have you ever been observed to gasp or stop breathing during sleep?
  3. Do you feel groggy or tired upon awakening, or do you awaken with a headache?
  4. Are you often tired or fatigued during waking hours?
  5. Do you fall asleep sitting, reading, watching TV or driving?
  6. Do you often have problems with memory or concentration?

If you or someone close to you answers “yes”  to any of the questions, you should discuss your symptoms Dr. Gerber.

Did you know?
45% of men, women and children snore and 20 million people in the United States are estimated to have sleep apnea. Of these, only about 10% have been diagnosed and treated.

Did you know?
Each year an estimated 50,000 people are involved in motor vehicle accidents directly related to sleep apnea. The total estimated insurance cost of motor vehicle accidents related to sleep apnea is $4 billion.

Did you know?
38,000 people die each year from complications of sleep apnea (heart attack, stroke, etc). The cost of healthcare in the ER or ICU is in excess of $50,000 per patient.

Did you know?
Productivity is at least 10% less in people who suffer from sleep apnea. The estimated cost of lost productivity to the US economy is $75 billion a year.

The good news is that both snoring and sleep apnea are treatable. A convenient, comfortable and effective oral appliance can be custom made for you right here at Gerber Dental Care.

Oral appliance therapy consists of a removable appliance, similar to an orthodontic retainer or athletic mouthguard, worn at night, which gently repositions the lower jaw. This repositioning allows the airway to remain in a more open position maximizing air flow.

How will you know if you can be helped by oral appliance therapy? The first step is easy. Schedule a no-cost consultation with Dr. Gerber.

To learn more about sleep disturbances and their treatment, contact Gerber Dental Care and schedule an appointment. 724-864-7900!