Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain — and the rest of the body — may not get enough oxygen. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of health problems.
How We Treat Sleep Apnea
Ferris Family Dentistry provides “Silent Nite®” and “Tap 3®” which are lab-made devices to aid in opening the airway and reducing snoring by wearing an appliance to advance the lower jaw. We also provide laser snore therapy with our Fotona laser®. If you purchase a snore appliance then we will give you a discount on your laser snore therapy.
1.) Silent Night® Sleep Appliance
Silent Nite helps patients achieve the sleep they need for a healthy lifestyle. It provides the patient with a more satisfying and deeper sleep by preventing the disruptive, unhealthy effects of snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. This device achieves its results by gently shifting the lower jaw forward in a therapeutic position during sleep. This helps activate the airway muscles which prevents the airway from collapsing during sleep.
2.) Tap 3® Sleep appliance
The TAP 3 (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) is a device that improves breathing and eliminates snoring in over 95% of all patients. The TAP appliance is a custom-made, two-piece appliance that snaps firmly and comfortably over the upper and lower teeth, much like a retainer. It holds the jaw forward so the tongue and soft tissues of the throat do not collapse into the throat causing snoring and sleep apnea. The unique design allows the patient to adjust the degree to which the lower jaw is held forward, simultaneously allowing maximum comfort and effectiveness.