Sleep Apnea Facts

Sleep apnea occurs in all age groups and both sexes, but there are a number of factors that may put you at higher risk.

  • Loud snoring
  • Morning headaches and nausea
  • Gasping or choking while sleeping
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability and/or feelings of depression
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Frequent nighttime urination

  • A family history of sleep apnea
  • Having a small upper airway
  • Being overweight
  • A large neck size (17” > men, 16” > women)
  • Smoking and alcohol use
  • Being age 40 or older
  • Ethnicity

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  • Approximately 42 million American adults have SDB
  • 1 in 5 adults have mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • 1 in 15 has moderate to severe OSA
  • 75% of severe SDB cases remain undiagnosed
  • Untreated moderate to severe sleep apnea increases motor vehicle accident risk 15 times higher than average
  • Moderate to severe sleep apnea increases the risk of stroke and heart attack 23 times average
  • Mandibular repositioning device (MRD) are a custom made, adjustable, oral appliance that maintains the lower jaw in a forward position during sleep. This mechanical protrusion widens the space behind the tongue and reduces the vibration and physical obstruction to breathing and the tendency to snore.
  • MRD treatment offers significant improvement of sleep apnea symptoms including sleepiness, quality of life, systolic or diastolic blood pressure and cognitive performance.
  • MRDs are indicated as primary treatment for patients with mild to moderate OSA
  • OSA is a chronic condition; MRD or CPAP treatment must be used nightly

Oral appliances are partially covered by Medicare and all medical insurance policies.