Sleep Apnea

Bob and Carolyn's Experience

Bob snored. But, it was Carolyn who said something to Dr. Norman. “I have been seeing Dr. Norman for awhile when I found out that she treats snoring,” Carolyn said. “My husband (Bob) snores so badly that I am sometimes worried that he will actually stop breathing.” 

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder suffered by one out of 15 Americans. That means millions of Americans are affected. Sleep apnea is also a potentially dangerous condition that can cause chronic illness and potentially death. Yet, it is the snoring that usually prompts a visit to a professional who offers sleep apnea treatment. 

Sleep apnea is generally defined as interrupted breathing when you sleep and it has serious health ramifications. The effects can range from short term-irritability to serious health problems such as heart failure and in some extreme cases, death. The oxygen deprivation that can occur in a severe case of sleep apnea is potentially very dangerous.
Dr. Amy Norman can treat sleep apnea non-surgically with a specially designed oral device that maintains the jaw in the proper position to keep the airway open while you sleep. In the past, the only treatments for sleep apneawere surgery or a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine forces air into the airway through a covering that fits over the nose and mouth. Many people become fed up with the uncomfortable and bulky parts of a CPAP machine. The machine is loud, uncomfortable and bulky and most people cannot sleep soundly while using it. Most people do not care for CPAP even though it is effective. The machine is noisy, cumbersome and inconvenient.

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