Sleep Apnea Treatment

Dentist in Auburn

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep. In some cases, you may stop breathing hundreds of times in one sleep cycle. If you think you may have sleep apnea, contact our office for a consultation.

Sleep apnea may be caused by genetics, poor posture, allergies, enlarged tonsils, and other issues. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. This is caused by airways in the throat and mouth collapsing during sleep. If you have obstructive sleep apnea you or your partner may notice:

  • Extended pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Loud snoring
  • Restless sleep
  • Serious daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability or personality change
  • Poor memory or concentration
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain
  • Depression

If left untreated, sleep apnea increases risks of:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Other serious health complications

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, contact Mount Auburn Dental for a consultation. Dr. Helmkamp can provide you with effective treatment options to improve your sleep and your health. We may recommend TAP® to help keep your airway open during sleep.

TAP® is a customized adjustable oral appliance that is worn while sleeping to hold the lower jaw forward, preventing the tongue and soft tissue of the throat from collapsing into the airway. There is a 96% success rate for people who are treated with the TAP® system. Our patients who have tried it love it! Contact our office for more information.