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Sleep breathing disorders are quite common in the general population. Sleep apnea occurs when an individual stops breathing while asleep. Sleep apnea has been linked to several medical conditions, including hypertension, diabetes and stroke. Unfortunately, the statistics show that this condition often goes undiagnosed. Dental devices have been shown to be a treatment option in mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea.

If you have been told that you stop breathing at night time or you wake yourself up gasping or coughing, you probably suffer from sleep apnea. Other signs include excessive tiredness during the day.

Snoring is also associated with sleep apnea. Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft tissues in the back of the throat and can be mild to quite severe. It is not uncommon that the person’s bed partner will tell them they snore. Snoring can be successfully treated with a dental sleep appliance.