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Ann Marie Davis DMD | Sleep Apnea in Scottsville

Ann Marie Davis DMD

(270) 237-3521

Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder characterized by repeated pauses in breathing during sleep.  Breathing pauses can last anywhere from several seconds to minutes, and happen as often as 30 times or more per hour.  Ongoing disrupted breathing causes an imbalance between the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the bloodstream.  Sleep apnea affects around 10% of American men over the age of 40, and 6% of American women of the same age.


There are a number of dental devices used to treat sleep apnea.  The goal of most of these devices is to separate the jaws and push them forward slightly.  This slight repositioning opens up the airway, and allows oxygen to flow freely again. Wearers of sleep apnea dental devices report that they stop loud snoring, feel more rested in the daytime, and are much more comfortable going to sleep.  Sleep apnea appliances work best on patients who are not significantly overweight.  They offer a viable alternative to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).


TAP 3 (Thorton Adjustable Positioner)

EMA Appliance

Scottsville Dentist | Sleep Apnea. Ann Marie Davis is a Scottsville Dentist.