A device the size of a mouth guard could help sleep apnea

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Snoring could be more than an annoyance for your sleep partner. It could be a sign that you are suffering from a serious sleep disorder that could lead to major health problems. 

Snoring is a sign of sleep apnea. It’s a condition that seems to be a part of common knowledge, but do you know the real facts? 

Aubrey Angus, Clinical Director at Sound Sleep Medical, joined News4Utah in studio, to talk about some options that are available if you or a loved one have this problem.

With sleep apnea, people may stop breathing during their sleep, which leads to interrupted sleep in which the brain wakes up the body to resume breathing. With more serious cases of sleep apnea, people may wake up hundreds of times a night.

Sound Sleep Medical specializes in providing oral appliance therapy for individuals suffering from sleep apnea . The Oral appliances can often be used as an alternative to CPAP (an acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines.

Oral appliances are similar in appearance to bleach trays or mouthpieces, and are not connected to any type of external apparatus, nor do they require masks that touch the face.

“In many cases, oral appliances have been proven to be as effective as CPAP machines in treating sleep apnea. Plus, oral appliances are small, comfortable and easily transportable,” Angus said.

If you’ve used a CPAP machine in the past, but found it to be uncomfortable, an oral appliance from Sound Sleep Medical could be a better solution to your sleep apnea.

Most medical insurance providers and Medicare cover sleep-related treatments, so patients’ out-of-pocket costs are minimal or even non-existent.

Sleep apnea has been linked to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and even depression. What’s more, sleep apnea causes 38,000 deaths each year, and it’s been estimated that 200,000 auto accidents each year are sleep related.

For a limited time, Sound Sleep Medical is offering free sleep consultations to the first 25 callers. This is normally at $200 value.  Call 801-228-0352.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, visit SoundSleepMedical.com.

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