Drowsy during the day?

This could be a sign that you may be suffering from sleep apnea.

Let's find out how sleepy you really are. Take our anonymous Sleepiness Survey. If you score higher than 9, we strongly recommend you visit a qualified sleep dentist or physician.

What does apnea look like?

This video was graciously submitted by Nick Divicenzo, Jr. in the hopes it would help people to understand the seriousness of snoring and sleep apnea.

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No Snore

Almost half of adults snore. And the problem is worse with overweight persons.

What Makes the Snoring Noise?

Snoring occurs when there is a partial obstruction to the free flow of air through the mouth and nose. The sound occurs when loose structures in the throat, like the uvula and soft palate, vibrate as air passes over them.

Snoring can get worse when the muscles in the back of the throat are too relaxed either from drugs that induce sleep or alcohol consumption.


Snoring can be serious both socially and medically.

Snoring & Relationships

Snoring can disrupt marriages and cause sleepless nights for bed partners.

Snoring & Health

Medically, snoring can be the precursor of obstructive sleep apnea that has been linked to heart failure, high blood pressure and stroke. In its own right, snoring has been linked to Type II Diabetes. Sleep apnea usually interrupts loud snoring with a period of silence in which no air passes into the lungs. eventually the lack of oxygen and the increase carbon dioxide will awaken you forcing the airway to open with a loud gasp.

Heavy Snoring & Heart Disease

Heavy snorers are also more likely to suffer a heart attack while asleep than non-snorers. Blood pressure changes caused by snoring may lead to blockage of the coronary arteries and increase the risk of heart disease.

Sleep medicine dentists can control snoring with an oral appliance.


Sleep Apnea

Drowsy driving

A Canadian study reported that people with sleep apnea are twice as likely to be in a car crash. They reported that even people with fairly mild sleep apnea had an increased risk of serious crashes. The truckers's associations are informing truck drivers of sleep apnea's seriousness.

Medically, sleep apnea is associated with:

  • Hypertension
  • Heart Failure
  • Coronary occlusion
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart beat irregularity
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Mental impairment
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Increased risk of sudden cardiac death during sleep hours

Impact of sleep apnea on the economy

25 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea . Of these, 200,000 each year are involved in Motor Vehicle Accidents because of sleepiness problems. 38,000 die each year from complications of sleep apnea (i.e. heart attack, stroke etc.)

Cost of health care for sleep apnea patients in the ER or ICU is in excess of $50,000 per patient. The total estimated cost in the United States alone is $1.9 billion.

Productivity ratio is at least 10% less in people who suffer from sleep apnea. That is estimated to cost the US economy $75 billion each year.

(Statistics are estimates by the American Sleep Apnea Association)

Although there is no dental cure for snoring or sleep apnea, an oral appliance can hold the airway in the back of the throat open during sleep and prevent collapse.

Sleep apnea can be controlled by a sleep medicine dentist who provides oral appliance therapy.

Oral Appliances

Daytime sleepiness caused by obtructive sleep apnea

Custom oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea. Oral appliances for sleep apnea are NOT available over-the-counter in the United States - the only way an appliance is available is by prescription from your physician and construction by your dentist.

Snoring Isn't Sexy does NOT sell appliances for sleep apnea, nor does it have information on where they can be purchased. Please contact your dental sleep medicine dentist for specifics. Telephone inquiries about specific oral appliances cannot be returned. Please consult the developer for information.

For more information about oral appliances, visit our oral appliance page..


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Find A Sleep Medicine Dentist Who Provides Oral Appliance Therapy in the United States, Canada and Other Countries

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In the United States, you may call 1-877-77APNEA to be connected directly to a dental office in your neighborhood.

Insurance Coverage

Custom dental appliances for snoring and sleep apnea are covered by most medical insurance companies and Medicare.

If you snore, have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and cannot tolerate your prescribed CPAP, the specially educated dentists of Snoring Isn't Sexy can provide a solution with a medically-approved, custom designed and fitted dental appliance. The dental mouthpieces used as a treatment for sleep apnea are small, comfortable, and convenient with no tubing, no mask and no electricity.

Since its inception in July of 2008, has been visited by more than 1.25 million people from 192 countries on all 7 continents. (Yes, that does include Antarctica!) You are not alone in your desire to find a solution to your problem with snoring and/or obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep-breathing problems affect people in all walks of life on every continent of the globe. Join in our We All Snore in the Same Language project.

What can a small, professionally custom fitted dental sleep mouthpiece do for you?

  • Ensure a good night's sleep for your bed partner and ensure that you spend the night in the same room
  • Help prevent heart disease, sudden cardiac death, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, depression, memory loss and even erectile dysfunction
  • Help prevent driving and work-related accidents caused by the excessive daytime sleepiness related to sleep apnea
  • Provide an alternative for the 25 - 50% of people with sleep apnea who cannot tolerate or would rather not use a CPAP device

To find out if oral appliance therapy is right for you, contact a Snoring Isn't Sexy dentist today.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:47:10 -0400

Bronx train derailment engineer had sleep apnea

William Rockefeller, the Metro-North Railroad engineer, was found to have "severe obstructive sleep apnea" that went undiagnosed before the Dec. 1 derailment, a sleep medicine doctor said in the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation docket. More

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:42:51 -0400

FAA Revises Sleep Apnea Guidance

FAA is asking aviation medical examiners (AMEs) to review new draft guidance that would require pilots at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to undergo testing and treatment if necessary. More

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:40:46 -0400

Snoring: Bad for Relationships, Bad for Health

Thomas Bucker, DDS, along with his partner Hayes Aronson, DDS and associate Michael Sprague, DDS have incorporated Oral Appliance Therapy into their practice at Carpathian Dental Associates. More

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:03:38 -0400

CEO of Nierman Practice Management to Speak on Medical Billing in Dentistry at the Upcoming 8th International Congress on 3D Dental Imaging

Nierman Practice Management’s CEO, Rose Nierman, RDH, has been selected to speak at the upcoming 8th International Congress on 3D Dental Imaging in Las Vegas, NV April 11-12, 2014. More

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:12:28 -0400

Dearborn, MI Dentist Discusses Sleep Apnea During National Sleep Awareness Week

March 2-9 is National Sleep Awareness Week, and Luria & Birnholtz Family Dentistry works together to speak out about sleep apnea and the importance of treatment. More


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