Sleep Apnea

sleepDo you wake up each day feeling groggy or poorly rested? Does your significant other complain that you snore? Many people don’t realize these as signs of sleep apnea, and they’re not always sure of how to address them. At Niepraschk Orthodontics, we help guide our Littleton, CO patients through their options for sleep apnea treatment, so they can get back to sleeping soundly and waking up rested and healthy.

What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your body stops breathing for very small periods of time while you’re asleep—usually the result of airway obstruction. The restriction of oxygen results in a depletion to the brain and generally causes you to either briefly wake up or change positions so air can flow again and the blockage is relieved. The condition can vary in terms of severity, but left untreated, it’s linked to increased risk of heart stress leading to strokes, heart attacks and even death.
Traditional Sleep Apnea Treatments
The most common sleep apnea treatment is the CPAP machine: a ventilator that forces air directly to the lungs. Some people find the CPAP machine a lifesaver; however, in mild to moderate cases, orthodontic sleep apnea devices can be just as effective. These appliances pull the lower jaw forward while sleeping, relieving any obstruction to the airway to relieve choking and snoring.
Dentofacial Orthopedics for Sleep Apnea
Beyond CPAP and traditional orthodontic sleep apnea devices, we’ve also had tremendous success in providing Littleton, CO patients with Dentofacial Orthopedics: a permanent solution to sleep apnea. This minimally invasive, non-surgical process involves enlarging the constricted upper jaw to increase airflow and promote easier breathing while you sleep.
Dentofacial Orthopedics, combined with an oral appliance, permanently moves the lower jaw forward and relieves sleep apnea. We can also widen the upper jaw, which improves nasal airflow. It’s a combination that leads to a better night’s sleep and positive, lasting health outcomes.

Get a Restful Night’s Sleep, Every Night

Untreated, sleep apnea will only get worse and could have extremely dangerous effects on your health. Schedule a consultation with Niepraschk Orthodontics and let us introduce you to innovative options for sleep apnea treatment, so you can get back to snoozing soundlessly each night. Call 303-978-1316 today to schedule your appointment.