Sleep Apnea in Chapel Hill, NC

Suffering from hard-to-treat sleep apnea symptoms?

Dr. Hourigan’s innovative sleep apnea oral appliances can help!

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that affects the sufferer’s short-term health, and, if left untreated, long-term wellbeing.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when a person falls asleep, and his or her oral tissues relax and obstruct the airway. OSA actually keeps your body from getting enough oxygen. Once your blood oxygen levels dip low enough, your body will "jump start" your breathing process again; this disrupts your natural sleep cycle.

If you're struggling with sleep apnea, you may experience:

  • Loud snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • A gasping/choking sensation the wakes you in the night
  • Frequent headaches
  • Dry mouth/sore throat upon waking
  • Restless sleep

Additionally, emerging research shows that untreated sleep apnea increases your risk of suffering from a number of whole-body health issues down the road:

  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Depression

Dr. Hourigan provides conservative treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, so that you can get a healthy night's sleep again. Traditionally, sleep apnea has been treated with the CPAP machine; CPAP forces pressurized air into the patient's airway while the patient is asleep. Unfortunately, many people find CPAP machines uncomfortable—you have to wear a face mask all night—and this treatment has a low compliance rate. While the CPAP is the gold standard for apnea, it doesn't do any good if you won't wear it.  For mild to moderate apnea, an oral appliance may suffice.

That is why Dr. Hourigan provides convenient and effective oral appliances as alternatives to CPAP!

Why choose Chapel Hill dentist Dr. Hourigan for sleep apnea treatment?

State-of-the-Art Solutions

Let's be honest: CPAP just doesn't work for a lot of people. The oral appliances that we use to treat sleep apnea are more convenient, more comfortable, and more affordable than traditional CPAP machines. Of course, we have the results monitored to make sure the appliance continues to be an appropriate therapy.  Sometimes, a combination of an oral appliance and the CPAP are indicated.

Support From Start To Finish

Customer service is our number one priority. Our caring staff is available to answer your questions before, during, and after your appointment. We can also help you navigate your payment options and insurance coverage.

Thoroughness and Personalization

Our team can work with your doctor to arrange a comprehensive sleep study, so that we can gauge the type and extent of your sleep apnea. Armed with this information, our team will craft a sleep apnea appliance that works for you, as an individual.