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Sleep Apnea

Obstructed airways can cause you to wake up numerous times during the night, leading to a lack of sleep, irritability, and health concerns.

Fortunately, the Newport Family Dental Care team in Newport, TN, offers sleep apnea treatment to help you achieve better sleep.

If you struggle to sleep through the night, it may be time to schedule a consultation with our dentists.

Dr. David Sutton Discusses Sleep Apnea

At Newport Family Dental Care, Drs. David Sutton, Joseph Sutton, and Hannah Yi offer oral appliance therapy to help patients from Newport, Morristown, Sevierville, and all over Tennessee achieve restful, quiet sleep.

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What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea is a serious condition because it reduces your blood oxygen levels and prevents you from sleeping restfully through the night, leading to a greater risk of high blood pressure, heart failure, and other concerns. There are two types of sleep apnea:
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Central Sleep Apnea

Patients with central sleep apnea stop breathing while sleeping because their brains fail to send signals to their muscles to breathe. Central sleep apnea is a rare, complex neurological disorder that requires the attention of highly trained specialists.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea stop breathing while asleep because the soft tissues in their mouths and throats collapse, obstructing their upper airways. Obstructive sleep apnea is a relatively common condition that our dentists can treat in collaboration with specialized sleep doctors. The telltale symptom of obstructive sleep apnea is excessive snoring.

Could You Have Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Do you think you may have sleep apnea? Some of the common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Bouts of insomnia
  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up at night short of breath
  • Snorting or making choking sounds at night
  • Headaches when waking up
  • Falling asleep unintentionally throughout the day
  • Extreme drowsiness during the day

Sleep Apnea Risk Factors

Sleep apnea can affect anyone, even children. Some of the risk factors for this condition include:

  • Being male
  • Being overweight
  • Being more than 40 years of age
  • Having a neck size larger than 17 inches for men or 16 inches for women
  • Having large tonsils or a small jaw bone
  • Family history of sleep apnea symptoms
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD or chronic acid reflux)
  • Nasal obstructions

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Custom-Made Oral Appliances

The key to treating obstructive sleep apnea is to open the upper airways. At Newport Family Dental Care in Newport, TN, we can craft an oral appliance for you to wear during the night. Your oral appliance will reposition your jaws as you sleep so your soft tissues won't collapse and you'll be able to breathe more easily.

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If you snore incessantly and wake up tired and groggy, there's a good chance that you have obstructive sleep apnea. Fortunately, treatment is available at Newport Family Dental Care. If you're ready to improve your health and quality of life by achieving better sleep, contact our team today to schedule a consultation.

Patients from Newport, Morristown, Sevierville, and all over Tennessee can request a consultation with our doctors by contacting us online or calling:

(423) 623-1307

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The Sleep Apnea Treatment Process

Our dentists can custom-design an oral appliance for you that will shift the position of your jaws so your airway remains open while you sleep.
Our dentists can custom-design an oral appliance for you that will shift the position of your jaws so your airway remains open while you sleep.


If you suspect you have sleep apnea, schedule a consultation at our practice in Newport, TN. While our dentists cannot officially diagnose sleep apnea, they can screen for it. They will examine your mouth and throat to determine if an obstructed airway could be the cause of your sleep disorder. If appropriate, we will refer you to a trusted sleep doctor for an official diagnosis.

Sleep Study

To confidently diagnose obstructive or central sleep apnea, you will need to undergo a sleep study. Some sleep studies require an overnight stay at a specialized facility, but often sleep studies can be completed at home. During your study, a few instruments will monitor your vitals while you sleep. If your sleep doctor reviews the results of your study and diagnoses you with obstructive sleep apnea, they can refer you back to us for treatment.

Oral Appliance

Once your sleep disorder has been diagnosed as obstructive sleep apnea, our dentists in Newport, TN, can custom-design an oral appliance for you. We will use detailed models of your bite to craft a mouthguard-like device that will comfortably fit over your teeth. Your appliance will shift the position of your jaws during the night, so your airways should remain open. Our team will monitor your progress as treatment proceeds to make sure that you enjoy the best possible results.

What About CPAP?

A common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. CPAP machines use masks that cover the mouth and nose to blow air into your airways, keeping them open. While continuous positive airway pressure is effective, many patients find the masks uncomfortable, inconvenient, and embarrassing.

Oral appliance therapy is a much more discreet solution that patients tend to prefer. Our doctors will help you understand the pros and cons of both methods before working with you to decide which option is best.

Newport Family Dental Care

Newport Family Dental Care

The experienced dental team at Newport Family Dental Care provides a wide range of treatments. Our dentists are affiliated with a number of highly respected professional associations, including:

  • Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry
  • American Academy for Oral Systemic Health
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists

We invite you to schedule an appointment at our Newport, TN, dental office, by contacting us online or calling (423) 623-1307

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