Sleep Apnea

Have People Been Telling You How Loud You Snore?

Snoring isn’t just annoying, it can also be dangerous! If you have loud snoring that sometimes may even wake you up at night, you could have Sleep Apnea. Specialty Smiles has proven solutions to treat Sleep Apnea which get rid of snoring!

Types of Sleep Apnea

  • Central sleep apnea (CSA), describes breathing which stops because the muscles involved don’t receive the proper signal from the brain.
  • The most common form of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and occurs due to a physical blockage, usually the collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat.
  • bstructive sleep apnea can contribute or lead to many other conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and depression, so it is important to be diagnosed by a medical professional if you experience any sleep-related symptoms.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

  • Insomnia
  • Loud snoring
  • Choking sounds during sleep
  • Headaches upon waking; Feeling unrefreshed upon waking
  • Sleeping / drowsiness during the day

Risk Factors Associated with Sleep Apnea

  • More common in males (24% of males and 9% of females have OSA)
  • More common in adults over 50
  • Family history
  • Obesity and high BMI
  • Smoking / Drinking / Medication
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Neuromuscular disorders

Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea

  • Fatigue can cause problems at work
  • Fatigue inhibits your ability to operate a car
  • Causes general grumpiness
  • Can lead to high blood pressure
  • Can lead to stroke
  • Can cause heart failure
  • Diabetes

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Treatments for sleep apnea vary widely depending on the severity and type of sleep apnea a person suffers from. Suggested treatments can include:

  • CPAP machine
  • Oral Appliances (postures the jaw forward while sleeping to prevent collapse of the airway)
  • Surgery (in extreme cases)


The oral devices that we offer include:

Herbst Appliance

Originally used in orthodontics to encourage a smaller lower jaw to “catch up” in growth with the upper jaw, the Herbst appliance can also treat sleep apnea. This appliance helps position the lower jaw forward, thus keeping the airway open to prevent snoring.

Even though the Herbst appliance prevents the lower jaw from moving backward, opening and closing movements still occur easily. Patients are instructed to wear their Herbst appliance only at night and do not have to wear it during the day.

Dorsal Appliance

The Dorsal appliance was originally created by DynaFlex® as a nighttime splint to treat TMD. It’s now one of the most popular sleep apnea oral appliances on the market!
The Dorsal appliance consists of two separate upper jaw and lower mandible “trays” – made of acrylic, dual laminate, or thermal acrylic. The trays hold the jaws in a specific position, and the dorsal fin on the lower tray fits snugly into the groove that’s built in to the upper tray.

Narval™ CC

Made by ResMed, Narval CC is one of the lightest yet effective oral appliances. Fabricated from flexible, biocompatible material, this oral appliance is unobtrusive – not bulky at all! Narval CC will hold your lower jaw in a more forward position, creating more space behind your tongue which helps prevent snoring.