Sleep Apnea

Is snoring disturbing you and your household? It may indicate a serious sleep disorder called sleep apnea. Your Salt Lake City dentist, Dr. William Vargo, has a simple, effective solution: the custom-made snore guard. Get the healthful rest you need.

What is sleep apnea?

People with sleep apnea actually stop breathing multiple times a night. They snore, gasp for air, wake up and to back to sleep. And, the cycle continues. Sleep Apnea has been linked to serious health conditions such as type-2 diabetes, hypertension, memory and concentration problems, erectile dysfunction, depression and more.

Most sleep apnea sufferers have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in which the tissues at the back of the mouth block the airway during nighttime sleep or even a daytime nap. Researchers at the Harvard Medical School state that most of these people do not even know that they have a serious medical issue. However, their snoring sends them to their primary care physicians for help.

Who gets sleep apnea?

The National Sleep Foundation says that upwards of 18 million Americans do. Most are men over 40, but children and women of all ages struggle with this sleep disorder, too. Contributing factors are:

  • Obesity
  • Larger neck circumference
  • Sleeping on your back
  • Excess alcohol consumption

Diagnosing and treating sleep apnea

Typically, a specially-trained sleep physician diagnoses sleep apnea. He or she reviews symptoms and may run an in-office or at-home sleep study. Monitoring vital signs, sleep patterns and more, this simple diagnostic test helps the physician diagnose sleep apnea. Many doctors refer their patients to Dr. William Vargo for a simple solution: the snore guard.

Made from biocompatible acrylic, this mouthpiece fits comfortably within the mouth. Essentially, it moves the lower jaw forward and keeps it there as you sleep. This position opens the airway so you can breathe properly. While some people require CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) masks and machines to treat their sleep disorders, many more benefit from a simple, comfortable and fully portable snore guard.

Find out more

Sleep apnea impacts daily function, interpersonal relationships and systemic health. Please contact the office of William Vargo DDS Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for a consultation on sleep apnea solutions: (801) 943-9090.

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