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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea can result in loud snoring and cause you to wake repeatedly throughout the night, impacting your daily life and overall health.

It is essential that you seek treatment as soon as possible. Dr. Ettienne van Zyl offers oral appliance therapy as a simple solution.

Why are more and more patients choosing oral appliance therapy?

Oral appliance

Conservative Treatment That Can Improve Your Quality of Life

Non-Invasive & Comfortable

Your appliance will be custom-made to fit your bite comfortably. Oral appliance therapy is easy to integrate into your sleep routine and does not require bulky equipment or surgery

Improved Sleep

Wearing your oral appliance will open your airway to alleviate snoring and other sleep disturbances, allowing you to routinely enjoy a better night's rest.

Feel Better during the Day

You can expect to have more energy and relief from other sleep apnea effects, such as moodiness and trouble concentrating. In general, you should feel better during your day-to-day life. 

How does oral appliance therapy work?

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A common side effect of sleep apnea is depression, but treatment can help...

Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Impact Your Mental Health

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"Effective treatment of obstructive sleep apnea resulted in substantial improvement in depressive symptoms, including suicidal ideation..." – David R. Hillman, MD

*According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine 

Dr. van Zyl can help you find relief...

Rest Assured, Your Smile Is in Excellent Hands

Do you waken abruptly out of a sound sleep, gasping for air, choking, or snorting loudly? If so, you may suffer from sleep apnea, a condition in which you're breathing stops and starts intermittently throughout the night. Sleep apnea can leave you feeling tired throughout the day and can result in irrevocable damage to your heart, brain, and the rest of your body. Would you like to sleep more soundly and never have to worry about your breathing habits again? Sleep apnea specialist and Rogers, AR, dentist, Dr. van Zyl, can work with you to develop a treatment plan that enhances your ability to rest without interruption and improves your health.

Sleep Apnea

People suffering from sleep apnea can turn to dentist Dr. Ettienne Van Zyl for help. Dr. Van Zyl and his team of dental specialists can create a special oral appliance for sleep apnea patients to wear at night. This oral device has proven to be very effective at keeping the airways open while a patient sleeps, thus minimizing the risk for disruptive breathing patterns.​

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which your ability to breath is compromised while you sleep. Individuals who suffer from the disorder frequently stop and start breathing while trying to achieve a state of deep relaxation. The two most common forms of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Both forms can potentially cause a patient to develop heart problems and serious health issues, due to oxygen deprivation and stresses placed on the heart. At our dental practice, Dr. van Zyl can help patients manage their sleep apnea by using a custom-crafted oral appliance.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep disorder. It occurs when the throat muscles or tongue collapse when you relax, cutting off your ability to breathe freely. Often, with this form of sleep apnea, your airway becomes blocked, restricting your blood flow, and blocking oxygen from flowing to your heart and brain. Once the obstruction occurs, your brain will transmit a signal to your body, waking you up abruptly. Upon awakening, you may gasp for air or make a sudden snorting or loud choking noise.

Man smiling because he doesn't suffer from sleep apnea anymore

Central Sleep Apnea- Unlike obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to transmit signals to your muscles. The signal failure restricts blood and oxygen flow and will cause an individual to awaken suddenly feeling short of breath, gasping for hair, snorting loudly, or making a choking sound.

Obstruction to your airways due to sleep apnea can occur dozens of times within a short period, which ultimately hinders your ability to achieve quality sleep. This lack of rest can have a real impact on your whole body health, as well as your energy.

Developing Sleep Apnea

Individuals who have a family history of sleep disorders are more prone to developing sleep apnea than individuals who do not. You may be at risk for developing sleep apnea, or currently suffer from sleep apnea, if you:

  • Snore loudly
  • Always feel exhausted
  • Are over the age of 65
  • Are male
  • Suffer from a medical condition, heart disorder, or have high blood pressure
  • Smoke regularly or use tobacco products
  • Drink alcohol
  • Use sedatives
  • Are obese
  • Are abnormally underweight
  • Sit for extended periods of time throughout the day
  • Have a slender airway

If you begin to experience symptoms of sleep apnea, it is important to consult with Dr. van Zyl so your condition can be examined and diagnosed before the effects take a toll on your overall health. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause severe damage to your heart and you may develop other serious health problems like diabetes, depression, worsening of ADHA, or a stroke or heart attack.

Effectively Treating Sleep Apnea

Dr. van Zyl believes that in order for patients to achieve optimal overall health, they must first improve their oral health. For years, our team has been providing patients with the relief they need no matter the dental condition that they suffer from. Our goal is to configure a treatment plan that is tailored to the needs and specifications of your smile. If you suffer from sleep apnea, Dr. van Zyl can custom craft an oral appliance that moves the palate of your smile forward, engaging your oral muscles and increasing the muscle tone of your tongue. The appliance is not only comfortable to wear, but because it is removable, it can easily be cleaned and doesn't compromise your oral hygiene. Most importantly, it addresses the mechanisms that result in sleep apnea and allows you to rest in comfort.

Pairing Skill & Passion for Exceptional Dental Care

Dr. Ettienne van Zyl and his team
Dr. van Zyl and his team are proud to care for your smile.

Dr. van Zyl is highly qualified to provide your dental treatment: 

  • Trained at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Advanced knowledge in a broad spectrum of dental disciplines
  • Member of several prestigious dental organizations
  • Provides a full spectrum of treatment at his practice 

With a focus on personalized, comfortable care you can rest assured that you will receive the highest level of care with Dr. van Zyl and his team. Call us at (479) 372-4500 to schedule your consultation.

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