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Sleep apnea is no joke; it is a serious medical condition where you repeatedly stop breathing during the night while you are sleeping.

There are three kinds of sleep apnea:

No. 1: Obstructive sleep apnea. This is the most common type of sleep apnea and it comes about when the throat muscles relax.

No. 2: Central sleep apnea. This happens when the brain doesn’t send the right signals to the muscles that control your breathing.

No. 3: Complex sleep apnea syndrome occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Oral appliance therapy is recommended for people with obstructive sleep apnea. No CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine for these patients! Instead, they wear a removable oral appliance custom-made to form to the specific shape of the teeth and mouth. The appliance moves the tongue and lower jaw forward and to allow the airways to open for better breathing.

Dr. Steven VanDenburgh prescribes a night guard called Silent Night® to help patients breathe again and sleep without snoring. This device gently helps you maintain healthy breathing patterns while you sleep.

If you suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea, or you have severe sleep apnea but cannot tolerate a CPAP device you may be an excellent candidate to wear a Silent Night guard. Cleared by the FDA, you can rest assured that the device is safe and effective to wear. Also, these oral appliances used for sleep apnea are often covered by most insurances and Medicaid.

Dr. VanDenburgh can fit you for a Silent Night guard if you suffer with sleep apnea and are ready to get a good night’s sleep again. Call our friendly staff at 707-226-8800 and let us help you find relief and restore your healthy smile!