Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects millions in the US and occurs when patients stop breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep. People who suffer from sleep apnea can experience these cessations of breathing 100s of times each night. While many people think that sleep apnea is a mild annoyance, it’s actually extremely detrimental to whole body health without treatment. Patients can receive treatments using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral appliances, or combined CPAP and oral appliance therapy. The key to maintaining optimal health is to seek treatment and consistently use your sleep apnea devices as directed.