Sleep Apnea Treatment
Finally a solution to sleep apnea!
Dr. Kirkland offers effective, non-surgical relief from sleep apnea and other sleep related disorders -- including snoring! Wondering if we can help you get the rest you're missing? Tired of the medical apparatus recommended by your doctor? Call today for a complimentary consultation.
Snoring - More Than Just Noise
Snoring is caused when the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back of the throat, causing the airway to narrow and forcing air through the small opening. This creates vibrations in the throat known as snoring. Although snoring seems physically harmless, it can be a warning sign of a more serious and dangerous condition called obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway completely collapses, blocking airflow into the lungs. The harder one tries to breathe, the tighter the airway seals. This airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the person, unconsciously closing the jaw and returning the tongue and throat to a normal position.
The sleep apnea cycle - falling asleep, jaw relaxing, airway collapsing, unconsciously awaking with a gasp, falling back asleep - can repeat itself 50 or more times per hour during the night. With a blocked passageway, one does not receive enough oxygen. Both the awakenings and oxygen deprivation can then trigger other health problems, including chronic sleepiness, headaches, depression, exhaustion, high blood pressure, and even strokes and heart attacks.
Dr. Kirkland treats sleep apnea and snoring with an appliance called a Mandibular Repositioning Device. This appliance holds the mandible (lower jaw) forward during sleep to prevent the tongue and soft tissues of the throat from collapsing into the airway.
By adjusting the degree to which the mandible is held forward, Dr. Kirkland can maximize both the effectiveness of the appliance and the patient's comfort. Clinical studies show that these appliances have up to a 95% success rate in alleviating snoring and sleep apnea.