Sleep Apnea

When snoring gets serious

Do you or your partner snore so loudly and frequently that your bed has become the site of a nightly battle for a good night’s sleep? You may be one of millions of Americans suffering from sleep apnea, and you may not even be aware. Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious consequences for your health and quality of life. The good news is we can treat your sleep apnea right here at your Hixson dentist without invasive surgery or CPAP machine.


Obstructive sleep apnea or OSA is a common and dangerous sleep disorder characterized by loud, frequent snoring, as well as sleeping and breathing disruptions that make it difficult to sleep through the night. Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse and obstruct the airway, making it difficult or impossible to breathe properly during sleep.

Signs & symptoms

Some of the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud, frequent snoring
  • Sleeping or breathing disruptions
  • Choking or gasping for air
  • Chronic dry mouth or throat
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Depression, anxiety, fatigue
Risk factors

You may be at a higher risk for developing sleep apnea if you fall into any of these categories:

  • Male
  • Overweight
  • Over age 40
  • Large neck
  • Drink alcohol
  • Use muscle relaxers or tranquilizers
Health concerns

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you are likely unable to get a good night’s sleep night after night. When sleep is the only time the body can truly repair itself, your quality of life during the day will suffer, and your health will start to deteriorate. Sleep apnea significantly increases your risk for serious health problems including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Even death


Your Hixson dentist at Signature Smiles is in a unique position to diagnose and treat your sleep apnea without the need for a bulky CPAP machine or invasive surgery. After a consultation, we will send you home with a sleep study machine that will monitor your breathing and heart rate while you sleep to determine the severity of your sleep apnea.

Oral appliance therapy

If treatment is advised, we will fit you with a custom oral appliance. This is a device that is worn like a mouth guard during sleep that gently shifts your lower jaw forward, preventing the airway from collapsing, and allowing you to breathe comfortably throughout the night. We are proud to offer a quality line of oral appliances that are custom made to ensure a seamless, comfortable fit that is portable, easy to wear and easy to care for. Our patients love the difference oral appliance therapy has made for their quality of life.

Take control of your sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, and get back your nights, your days, your health, and your life!

If you have any questions about sleep apnea or would like to schedule a consultation with your Hixson dentist, Dr. Conner or Dr. McKinney, please contact us at Signature Smiles today at (423) 301-2330.

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