Sleep Apnea

If you suffer from snoring, you are not alone. Estimates say that between 30-50% of the population suffer from snoring. It disrupts your sleep as well as your partner's. For some couples, it is so disruptive that they end up sleeping in separate beds. Here is what happens:

An illustration of a normal throat assaociated with sleep apnea.

In a normal breathing passage your throat is open and unobstructed, as illustrated in the picture on the left.

An illustration of a throat passage that is associated with snoring.

In some people this passage is partially obstructed by the soft tissue at the base of the throat, resulting in snoring.

An illustration of a throat passage suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

In more severe cases the airway is almost completely obstructed. This is called obstructive sleep apnea.

respire appliance for sleep apnea Using the Respire appliance, pictured above, Dr. Beasley can reposition your jaw in order to clear the breathing passageway, allowing a free flow of air. In many cases this completely eliminates snoring. It has also been successful in reducing sleep apnea, a condition where you stop breathing many times throughout the evening.

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea and have health insurance, you may be able to get medical reimbursement for treatment.

FAQ about sleep apnea
Click here to read some frequently asked questions about sleep apnea.

If you're a snorer, or suspect you may have sleep apnea, you may request an appointment with our office.

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