Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which your natural breathing pattern is disrupted during sleep. Many people who suffer from sleep apnea snore, but not all people who snore have sleep apnea. There are two main types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common and results from your airflow becoming blocked while you sleep. This blockage usually occurs as a result of the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapsing. Central sleep apnea happens when there is a problem with how your brain signals the breathing muscles. You may be at greater risk for obstructive sleep apnea if you:

  • Are male
  • Are over the age of 40
  • Are overweight
  • Have large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw
  • Have a family history of sleep apnea
  • Have a nasal obstruction

When your breathing is obstructed during sleep, Dr. James D. Powell will provide treatment for sleep apnea in Palmdale, California. Our dentist provides custom-fitted oral devices to treat sleep apnea. The most widely used mouth device is called the mandibular advancement device (MAD). This device eases your lower jaw forward during sleep, which prevents the soft tissue in your throat from collapsing and blocking your airflow.

We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule an appointment!