Sleep Apnea Treatment at Advanced Dental Concepts – Dr. David Miller Roseville, CA Dentist

I’ve been treating snoring and sleep apnea now since 1989. That was the year that I made my first snoring appliance, and I’ve been treating patients with sleep disorder breathing and snoring problems since—continuously since 1989. Sleep disorder breathing is very common. It’s probably an epidemic in this country. Minimally, 20 to 30% of the people in this country are suspected of having sleep disorder breathing, it’s probably a lot higher. Sleep apnea, and other types of sleep disorder breathing problems are the result of the way that human beings evolved and developed our airway. Other animals, such as dogs, you give them a big bowl of chow, and they’ve got their head down in it for ten minutes chowing down. We don’t have the ability to breathe and eat at the same time. I know, I’ve tried that a few times, and it’s never worked out very well, swallowing and breathing at the same time. We evolved this way in order to be able to speak. We have a shared airway, and that’s made humans uniquely susceptible to obstructed sleep apnea. The way I treat it—we dentists treat it—is to offer patients an alternative to the CPAP machine. We make simple dental appliances that keep the jaw from dropping back in the mouth and keep us from choking ourselves. They’re very small, comfortable to wear. I’ve actually worn one for over 14 years now because I have sleep apnea which is one of the things that got me interested in treating sleep apnea, because I developed it myself. Now we’re in the process of screening all of our patients for sleep apnea, and other sleep breathing disorders.

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