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Dr. John T. Roberts
Dr. Cheryl Hansen

What Is Sleep Apnea?

A sleeping patient in Hillsboro, ORThe professionals at Hillsboro Dental Center are experienced experts in sleep apnea and a wide range of other dentistry needs.
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes a temporary inability to breathe while you are sleeping. There are various causes for the condition, not all of which are well understood, although the most common type is fairly well understood. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea and, as the name suggests, it is caused by an obstruction of the airways. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, you will be pleased to know that you can visit us for expert advice and help with remedying the problem.

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Blocked Passageways

In obstructive sleep apnea, the airways can become blocked by the patient’s body tissues. This includes the flesh around the esophagus and at the back of the throat. In many cases, these tissues will collapse inward when the patient is relaxed, blocking the passage of air. Thankfully, this is not usually as alarming as it might sound because the patient will wake up and start breathing again. Unfortunately for them, though, it does mean that they can have difficulty in getting a good night’s sleep. Speak with our expert team, though, and we can let you know all about the solutions we have for you.

Preventing Blocked Airways

One contributing factor to blocked airpipes is that there is not usually much space at the back of the mouth. This is often made worse when we are sleeping on our backs because our jaws tend to relax back toward our throats, adding further to the congestion. One way to overcome this problem, though, is with a mouthguard that will help to keep the jaw from slipping back, preventing airways from becoming blocked. Speak with us, and we can provide you with a mouthguard that will help you to get a great night’s sleep.

One of the most important aspects of mouthguards for sleep apnea is that they are comfortable. After all, you will be trying to sleep while wearing it. Our team can help you with a mouthguard that fits just right so that you will barely notice that you are even wearing it. We also have a great deal of experience in helping people with sleep apnea so that we will know the best solution to your particular problem.

Not getting enough sleep at night can cause considerable disruption to your life. It can mean you struggle to perform at work and also in personal relationships. It can lead to a considerable decrease in your quality of life overall, but it is something that can often be treated without too much difficulty.
If you would like to hear more about sleep apnea and what we can do to help you, we will be more than happy to hear from you at Hillsboro Dental Center at (503) 648-2829. Contact us at any time, and one of our experienced professionals will be delighted to help you in any way that they can.

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Hillsboro Dental Center

 Dr. John T. Roberts and Dr. Cheryl Hansen
4440 NE Cornell Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97124


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4440 NE Cornell Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124



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