Sleep Dentistry

With over 200,000 cases diagnosed each year, sleep apnea has become a significant concern for those of us who care for our patients. The fundamental issue is that when some patients sleep, the airway in their throat narrows, limiting the amount of air that can pass through. As a result, there is less oxygen available to supply their bodies.

We design and craft oral appliances to help open the airway for those patients who will benefit from this type of treatment and those who struggle to wear a CPAP machine in collaboration with physicians who can diagnose the severity of the problem.

With our 3D scanning technology and state of the art software, we can screen patients to let them see what their airway looks like. We can also offer a free take-home sleep screening test to help patients assess how well they breathe when sleeping.

Conditions That May Cause Sleep Apnea

Any underlying medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or acid reflux, may increase the risks of obstructive sleep apnea. A review of your medical history and a physical examination may reveal the causes of your sleep apnea. With the proper treatment, your sleeping patterns may improve, and the consequences of your medical issues may be mitigated.


Obesity is one of the most common causes of obstructive sleep apnea. This happens when the soft tissue in your mouth and throat presses up against fat deposits in your neck, obstructing your airway while you sleep. Obese patients with obstructed sleep apnea are more likely to develop heart conditions, which can lead to heart attacks and other fatal diseases.

Family History/Genetics

Sleep apnea is caused by genetics and family history, according to research. While obstructive sleep apnea appears to be hereditary among patients, central sleep apnea cannot be passed down genetically from one generation to the next.


Those who smoke are more likely to develop sleep apnea than nonsmokers. Smokers' lower blood oxygen saturation during sleep is one of the reasons they develop sleep apnea. Smoking exacerbates sleep apnea in people who already have it.

Benefits of Successful Treatment of Sleep Apnea

  • Less disturbance to your bed partner due to snoring
  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Less inflammation
  • Increased overall energy during the day
  • Deeper, more restful sleep
  • Increased focus with family and at work

Are You Interested in Sleep Dentistry in Montgomery, Alabama?

At Willis Dental Care, our team can help you manage your sleep conditions related to dentistry, such as sleep apnea. Give us a call today to get started on your treatment!


Same Day Dentistry

Time is valuable, and we strive to provide the best care to our patients on time. That is why we are pleased to offer CEREC 3D technology.

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