Snoring and sleep apnea is a greater issue in America today because so many people do not see this disability as detrimental to their health. Nobody ever goes to the hospital and complains to their doctor that he or she has a weird snore that needs to be looked at. The fact is, snoring is caused because the airway is obstructed, and that simply translates to decreased oxygen to the body. Sleep apnea, is the inability to sleep peacefully through the entire night because the obstruction completely stopped air flow for a few moments, and your body instinctively responds by jolting you awake so you will start breathing again. Thus, you never really feel like you got a solid nights rest. Decreased sleep and decreased oxygen deprives you of energy and strength the following day and decreases your production as well as your overall mood. And if you are struggling with other health related issues, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, you absolutely must be able to get enough oxygen (and sleep) in order to keep your body functioning at optimum levels. And even though in your youth you may snore and still feel energetic through the day, imagine what living on 70% of recommended air for 20 or 30 years will do to your overall health and well being. Currently, the CPAP machine is the standard of care for sleep apnea, which is a machine that forces air into your body, however, through the use of tight fitting masks and noisy electric pumps that hum through the night. I wonder if it improves the quality of sleep with all those distractions going on and always having to sleep on your back with a scuba mask strapped to your face. Dentistry has simple intra oral options that position your jaw and throat to be open enough for air to flow without obstruction. No masks, no electrical components and usually far less expensive than CPAP systems. Before you decide to strap yourself into a machine, you owe it to yourself to try other less invasive techniques that dentistry has to offer. Dr. Moon will be able to help you fit into the best appliance in all hopes that he can prevent you from having to resort to CPAP.