Sleep apnea is becoming a national epidemic. It happens when you don’t get enough oxygen flow during the night because your tongue or soft palate is blocking the airway. The consequences can be severe. 23% of adults have fallen asleep while driving, and up to 1/3 of fatal crashes involve a driver who is sleep deprived. Irregular breathing throughout the night can cause your blood pressure and heart rate to fluctuate dangerously. 69% of patients with severe sleep apnea have high blood pressure, and 65% of the stroke patients have sleep-related breathing problem. The total economic cost of sleepiness is approximately $43-$56 billion. If you are tired or sleepy all the time, you can get a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea. CPAP is the standard treatment, but most people find it difficult to wear a nasal mask while trying to sleep. A dental mandibular device which repositions your tongue and soft palate can open up more airway space and allow better oxygen flow during the night. We are here to help if you or your loved ones suspect sleep disorder issues.