Sleep Apnea Treatment Palo Alto

Treatment to ease your symptoms and prevent other complications.

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.

The main types of sleep apnea are:
  • Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.
  • Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
If you think you might have any form of sleep apnea, contact Palo Alto Dentist Dr. Christine Hansen today. Treatment can ease your symptoms and may help prevent heart problems and other complications.


Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A custom-fit oral sleep appliance can improve your sleep, restore your alertness and revitalize your health.

About Oral Appliance Therapy

Worn only during sleep, an oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

If you and your doctor decide that oral appliance therapy is the best treatment option for you, then Dr. Hansen will create a custom-made oral appliance. Palo Alto Sleep Apnea Specialist Dr. Hansen will recommend the oral appliance that is best for you. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans.


A sleep disorder prevents you from getting healthy and restful sleep. Many sleep disorders are undetected because a person can slowly become accustomed to the symptoms. For example, waking up tired or falling asleep reading a book might be signs of a sleep disorder.

What is Sleep Disordered Breathing?

Sleep Disordered Breathing (which includes Sleep Apnea or Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome) is a serious sleep disorder that impairs your breathing while asleep. Anyone can have Sleep Disordered Breathing, even children.

Symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing may include:

  • Headaches
  • Lack of energy
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Snoring
  • Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
  • Difficulty breathing while asleep