Advanced Family Dentistry of Cape Cod

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  • Dr. William Scheier
  • 56 Eldredge Park Way, P.O. Box 2732
    Orleans, MA 02653
  • (508) 255-2511

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Snoring affects over 100 million people in the United States. Snoring causes disrupted sleep for snorers as well as for their sleeping partners.

Snoring occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the mouth vibrates against the back of the throat. When the soft tissue “relaxes” during sleep, the airway narrows. The air passing through the airway causes the tissues to vibrate against each other, causing the snoring sound. Generally, the louder the snore the greater the chance for O.S.A.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (O.S.A.)

O.S.A. is a condition similar to snoring where the soft tissues completely close so that air cannot flow through to the lungs.This can  decrease the amount of oxygen to the brain and other tissues. The cycle of blocking and unblocking disrupts sleep resulting in loud snoring, halting of breathing.

The most common symptoms of Sleep Apnea are:

  • loud snoring
  • restless sleep
  • periodic stoppage of breathing during sleep
  • significant daytime drowsiness
  • irritability or personality change
  • memory dysfunction or difficulty concentrating

Sleep Apnea is often undiagnosed and is estimated to affect one in eight people. It can be a factor in high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and a myriad of other health problems.

We have a solution!

We make small oral "appliances" (similar to retainers or mouth guards) to reposition the jaw during sleep.  This will open the airway during sleep. They are made for each individual’s situation and anatomy. This slightly advances the lower jaw and positions the tongue to aid in opening the airway. The appliance is usually easily tolerated and is most effective for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea or snoring. Sometimes even severe cases can be aided.

The Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment Center utilizes six different FDA approved and clinically tested appliances custom made to suit each individuals need.  Some oral devices commonly used:

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