Sleep Apnea Treatment – Jacksonville, FL

Better Sleep for Better Health

Would you like to find a solution to your sleep apnea, but don’t want to use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine? Jacksonville dentist Dr. James Schumacher discusses sleep apnea and explains how a simple oral appliance can relieve your symptoms.

Why Choose James L. Schumacher
for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

  • 100% Custom-Fitted Oral Appliances
  • Able to Stop Even Severe Snoring
  • More Comfortable Alternative to CPAP Therapy

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Breathing pauses caused by sleep apnea prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep, but they also have more ominous consequences. When your brain is deprived of oxygen throughout the night, even if each pause only lasts seconds, your risk of heart attack, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and other serious diseases and conditions increase dramatically.

Sleep apnea is also responsible for other less severe, yet still dangerous, symptoms. If you constantly wake up during the night because you stop breathing, it’s difficult to feel energetic in the morning. Sleep deprivation can affect your memory and your ability to concentrate. If you’re fatigued, you may even find yourself falling asleep when you’re driving.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Your entire body relaxes when you sleep, including your tongue. As you drift into what you hope will be a deep slumber, your tongue can partially or completely block your windpipe. Your tongue begins to vibrate when air tries to enter your airway, which causes loud snoring. You may jerk awake or find yourself gasping for air if your airway becomes completely blocked.

Oral Appliance Therapy

CPAP machines aren’t the ideal solution for everyone. The masks can be uncomfortable, and even the quietest machines can prevent you or your partner from falling asleep. Some people try several different types of machines and masks before deciding that they would rather just live with sleep apnea. Unfortunately, ignoring sleep apnea can be very detrimental to your health.

Luckily, there’s an effective low-tech solution that can improve airflow. An oral appliance worn over your teeth repositions your jaw and holds it forward, preventing your tongue from blocking your airway. The device is custom-made for your mouth and fitted in our Jacksonville office.

Oral appliances improve your sleep and decrease your risk of serious health problems. If you’re interested in obtaining an appliance, call Dr. James Schumacher at (904) 388-3559 to schedule an appointment.