Sleep apnea is a disease that affects 1 out of 5 people and most do not know they suffer from it. It is a cessation of breathing caused by obstruction of the upper airway by the tongue during sleep. When the airway is blocked and no air is reaching the lungs, the oxygen levels in the blood begin to drop, rapidly. This negatively affects every cell in the body.
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a physician with a sleep test, which can be done in the comfort of your own bed. As a dentist, I can fabricate a custom-made device that holds the jaw in a forward position and helps maintain an open airway while you sleep.