Snoring & Sleep Apnea

It is estimated that over 30 million Americans snore.

If you are one of them, or you suffer from sleeping disorders, Dr. Wehman can help you.

Loud snoring often disturbs the sleep of the snorer and anyone within hearing range. This disruption to sleep can contribute to fatigue and leave the sufferer feeling tired, drowsy, and inappropriately sleepy. Sleep disturbances from snoring can lead to irritability, difficulty in paying attention and concentrating, problems at work and even automobile accidents.

Snoring can be prevented with a simple, comfortable device

If loud snoring is disturbing you and your family, Dr. Wehman may prescribe a simple but effective device called SilentNite. This comfortable device rests on your teeth, and helps your jaw joint to remain in a relaxed and open position.  Your airway stays stretched and open, and you can breath comfortably and quietly.

Persistent loud snoring could be a sign of Sleep Apnea

When snoring is so loud that it disturbs the sleep of snorers and their family, it may be a sign of a related condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

Although OSA sufferers may experience hundreds of episodes of apnea per night, they are unlikely to remember any of them. If, as is often the case due to loud snoring and gasping, the sufferer sleeps separately or lives alone they may not be aware of their condition, even after many years

People with untreated OSA are far more likely to suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or stroke.

Dr. Wehman has an effective solution for mild Sleep Apnea

Snoring and mild OSA can now be simply and effectively treated. A simple, comfortable sleepguard device will ensure that your jaw and tongue stay in an open, relaxed position during sleep.  No more snoring, or gasping for air.

Dr. Wehman will perform a thorough exam, and determine the correct position for your mouth, jaw, tongue and teeth during sleep.  Then, he will custom-fit the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP), a device that you wear only while sleeping, to ensure that your airways remain open and relaxed. The device will hold the lower jaw forward, ensuring that the tongue and soft tissue of the throat do not collapse into your airway while you are sleeping.

This is a simple dental device resembling a custom fitted mouth guard. It is worn only during sleep and is comfortable and unobtrusive to wear. It also does not limit your ability to open or close their mouth, yawn or speak.

There is a 96% success rate for people who are treated with a TAP device.

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