General & Implant
Steven H. Pratt, D.D.S., PLLC
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Are you bothered by snoring, non-restful sleep, or chronic fatigue? If so, you are not alone. Some ninety million Americans snore, and seventy million suffer from sleep disorders. Of all Americans over the age of forty, 60 percent snore. These disorders can greatly affect one's waking hours, causing stress, irritability, depression, inefficiency at work, and accidents at home.
Adults are not the only ones affected by sleep disorders; snoring is associated with higher levels of inattention and hyperactivity in children. Eighty-one percent of children who both snore and have ADHD could be cured of the ADHD if their habitual snoring were eliminated.
Though CPAP devices have been very effective in the control of sleep apnea, 50 to 75 percent of those who try the CPAP either reject it or are intolerant of it. Oral appliances offer an alternative for the control of both snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. These appliances work by preventing the tissues at the base of the tongue from collapsing and obstructing the airway during sleep.
At Atlanta General & Implant Dentistry, we can work closely with your physician to fabricate the correct oral appliance to help control your snoring or mild to moderate sleep apnea.
'The best thing I ever did for myself and my spouse...He doesn't have to wear ear plugs anymore. I get a good night's rest instead of waking up several times during the night. I have been wearing it for 11 years and there is no way I could sleep without it now.'
'I highly recommend it to anyone with a snoring problem. It works!!'
Where do you rate on the EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE?
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations in contrast to just feeling tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. A score of 9 or more may indicate a potential sleep disorder.