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Sleep Apnea

Do you feel tired throughout the day? Has your partner complained about your snoring?

Sleep apnea can disrupt your sleep and lead to serious health issues.

Our dentists at Gooch Family Dental in Birmingham, AL, can treat your sleep apnea with a custom-fitted oral appliance.

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Our dental office uses 3D technology to create custom mouthguards that treat your sleep apnea. Many patients prefer oral appliances over continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy because they are more comfortable and convenient to use. Contact our Birmingham, AL, practice to request your consultation.

Why Is It Important to Treat Sleep Apnea? The Sleeping Disorder Can Lead to Severe Health Concerns

When left untreated, sleep apnea can have detrimental effects on your overall health. Luckily, our experienced dentists can help provide treatment and prevent sleep disorder complications.

Cardiovascular Health

Sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke, which can have a lasting, negative impact on your overall health.

Metabolic Health

Sleep apnea, specifically obstructive sleep apnea, can increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Mental Health

Without proper rest, many sleep apnea patients have difficulty focusing, impaired memory, daytime sleepiness, and mood fluctuations. Sleep apnea can also increase your risk of developing depression.

Our dentists can help treat obstructive sleep apnea to prevent these serious medical conditions.

How Our Dentists Treat Sleep Apnea The Benefits of an Oral Appliance Over CPAP Therapy

Our Birmingham practice is equipped with the latest dental technology, including a 3D scanner we can use to create a custom mouthguard. Most patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea prefer oral appliances over continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy because they are more comfortable, easier to transport, and easier to use.
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A CPAP machine provides a continuous flow of air pressure to keep your upper airway open while you sleep. This large machine has a hose attachment that connects to a mask. You need to wear the mask over your nose and mouth for it to function properly. Many patients find this uncomfortable when trying to fall asleep and do not use the machine as regularly as they should. 


Oral Appliance

Our dentists can make a custom oral appliance that fits like a retainer while you sleep. This oral appliance is designed to keep your upper airway open by shifting your lower jaw forward and preventing your tongue and other soft tissue from blocking the flow of air. Our dentists custom-tailor your device to move your jaw into the best position to prevent airway blockage.

Are You Suffering From Daytime Sleepiness? Contact Our Birmingham Practice

Our dentists have the skill, experience, and technology to help treat your sleep apnea with an oral appliance. Through the use of our 3D scanner, we can customize your oral appliance to perfectly suit your needs and allow you to breathe easily all night long. 

All our dentists are patient-focused and strive to exceed expectations. We take pride in providing effective, non-invasive treatment for our sleep apnea patients and helping improve their quality of life. 

Contact our Birmingham, AL, dental practice to request your consultation.

(205) 991-9892

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What to Expect During Sleep Apnea Treatment

The first step in seeking treatment is to call our Birmingham, AL, practice and request a consultation

Custom oral appliances made by our dentists can prevent adverse medical conditions and promote restful sleep.
Custom oral appliances made by our dentists can prevent adverse medical conditions and promote restful sleep.


During your consultation, one of our dentists will review your symptoms and sleeping habits. They will also look at the soft tissues in your throat to see what could be causing your obstructive sleep apnea. A sleep study could be suggested if your dentist suspects you have sleep apnea.

Sleep Study

If your dentist determines you need a sleep study, they will recommend you to a trusted sleep lab. Once we receive your results, we can analyze them to determine the best treatment.

Oral Appliance

If your dentist decides an oral appliance will be the best treatment, we will take accurate 3D digital impressions of your oral structures using our advanced dental technology. We will send your scans to our trusted laboratory to fabricate your new mouthguard, which will be both effective and comfortable.


You should see an immediate improvement in your quality of sleep once you begin wearing your new appliance. Over time, you may see a decrease in high blood pressure, mood changes, and anxiety. 

Can I Buy an Over-the-Counter Mouthguard? Not To Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Our customized appliances place your jaw in the proper position to prevent airway blockage while you sleep. An over-the-counter mouthguard, on the other hand, is designed to protect your teeth from blunt forces and will do nothing to shift the positioning of your jaw. Without a customized oral appliance, you will still suffer from sleep apnea symptoms. Contact our dental practice today to request your sleep apnea consultation and discover the benefits of a good night's sleep. 

We Treat Every Patient Like Family and Strive To Provide 5-Star Care


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These people are amazing, they made me feel like I’ve been with them for years even though this was my first time. They don’t down-talk you, they explain everything you want them to…they’re just great people!

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Gooch Family Dental

Gooch Family Dental

Gooch Family Dental is dedicated to providing convenient, comprehensive dentistry from our dental office in Birmingham, AL. We take advantage of the latest dental technology to streamline treatment, and deliver fast, beautiful results. Our proud affiliations include:

  • The American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Birmingham District Dental Society
  • The Alabama Dental Association

You can learn more about our services, and schedule an appointment today by filling out our online form, or by calling (205) 991-9892.

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