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As someone who has spent more than 20 years looking into mouths and helping patients achieves optimal dental health, Dr. Yates is stunned to realize the serious health implications of sleep apnea. In 2015, he became a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and has attended several continuing education courses on sleep apnea; most recently in Seattle and D.C. The stunning truths of sleep apnea and the lack of information most people has made me him more dedicated to educating not only our patients, but also their physicians and anyone willing to listen.

Snoring affects 40% of adults by age 40 and it’s estimated that 45 million people snore each night affecting themselves and their bed partner.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. OSA affects more than 20 million Americans and this lack of oxygen to the your body can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, muscle pain, diabetes and depression. Symptoms include snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness (which can cause tragic consequences on our busy highways), and pauses in breathing while sleeping. There are physical attributes we look for while examining a patient such as high blood pressure, an enlarged tongue and a thicker neck. And the treatment is covered under health insurance, not a dental plan.

If you do have symptoms of sleep apnea, a sleep study test can be sent directly to your home where you can administer it in the comfort of your own bed. If you have already been diagnosed with moderate to mild sleep apnea, it’s critical, according to top experts in sleep medicine, to seek a dental sleep apnea appliance (like a mouth guard) as your first line therapy.

The appliance is comfortable, non invasive and it is so easy to get used to and patients are delighted with the results. The oral appliance gently pulls the lower jaw forward slightly opening the airway.

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