Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which the breathing pattern is interrupted during sleep. Many people with sleep apnea snore, but not all snorers suffer from sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. The airway is blocked during sleep because the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses. Sleep apnea is more common among those who:
- Are male
- Are over 40
- Are overweight
- Have large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw
- Have a family history of sleep apnea
- Have a nasal blockage
If you have sleep apnea, Dr. Watkins may recommend sleep apnea devices in San Antonio, Texas. The mouth device most commonly used to treat sleep apnea is the mandibular advancement device (MAD). This device looks like a mouth guard. It is custom made for your mouth by our dentists. It snaps over the upper and lower dental arches and eases the lower jaw forward. This prevents the jaw and tongue from falling back and collapsing the throat.
We encourage you to contact W Dental Group today to learn more about sleep apnea devices and to schedule an appointment with our dentists. We are eager to care for your needs!