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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can radically reduce your quality of life, preventing you from getting a good night's sleep and leading to health issues.

Dentistry can offer relief to patients struggling with sleep apnea by opening up the airway during sleep.

At Drs. Hadden and Whidden, LLC, in Vernon and Coventry, CT, our dentists offer treatment to patients with sleep disorders. Can we help you?

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The Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment

Better Sleep

Sleep apnea causes you to wake up regularly during the night. Inability to stay asleep throughout the night leads to daytime sleepiness, a lack of concentration, irritability, and other negative effects. Treating sleep apnea can help you achieve a good night's rest. 

Relief for Your Partner

One of the most common sleep apnea symptoms is snoring, which can keep your bed partner and the rest of your household awake through the night. Addressing your sleep apnea can help you slumber silently and keep you from frustrating the rest of your family.

Better Health

Sleep apnea is linked to multiple serious health conditions including heart disease, depression, and diabetes. Sleep apnea treatment can reduce your likelihood of developing these apnea-related disorders.


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What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing regularly stops and starts during sleep. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles and other tissues in the upper airway become too relaxed during sleep, restricting the airway and causing the snoring most famously associated with sleep apnea. 

In a consultation at one of our comfortable and welcoming office locations, our dentists can listen to your concerns, examine your bite, and discuss what kind of treatment is best for you. To definitively diagnose obstructive sleep apnea, we may recommend you undergo a sleep test either at home or at a dedicated sleep center. If your sleep disorder is determined to be obstructive sleep apnea, we can recommend whether lifestyle changes, CPAP, an oral appliance, or a combination of treatments will be most effective for your case.

Sleep Apnea Treatment at Drs. Hadden and Whidden, LLC

At Drs. Hadden and Whidden, LLC, in Vernon and Coventry, CT, our team of dental professionals led by Dr. Eric Whidden provides relief to patients with obstructive sleep apnea through dentistry. If you are unable to sleep soundly through the night, or if your snoring is becoming out-of-control, you probably have some form of sleep apnea. 

We offer complimentary consultations and appointment times in the early morning, at lunchtime, and throughout the day. To schedule a consultation and come one step closer to a full night's rest, book an appointment online or give us a call at

(860) 875-2881

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Risk Factors

You are more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea if you fall into any of these categories:

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People who are overweight are more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea because the excess weight around the neck can restrict the airway.


Smoking greatly increases the chances of developing obstructive sleep apnea because of its damaging effects on the airway.

Heavy Drinkers

Alcohol relaxes muscles, so excessive drinking can lead to throat muscles that become too relaxed more easily.


Men are at least twice as likely as women to develop sleep apnea.

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CPAP vs. Oral Appliances

Both CPAP and oral appliances can effectively open your airway and decrease the chances of developing apnea-related health conditions. In some cases, patients may benefit from using both CPAP devices and oral appliances at the same time. When determining what option is right for you, here are some advantages and disadvantages to consider:


  • Effectively opens the airway
  • Difficult to transport
  • Requires electricity
  • Cumbersome straps and mask make certain sleeping positions difficult
  • Noisy and disruptive for both the sufferer and his or her partner

Oral Appliances

  • Effectively opens the airway
  • Easily portable
  • Does not require electricity
  • Totally customized to fit your mouth precisely, feel comfortable, and allow unrestricted movement 
  • Silent

The Cost of Sleep Apnea Treatment

At Drs. Hadden and Whidden, LLC, in Vernon and Coventry, CT, we strive to make valuable dentistry as affordable as possible. The cost of sleep apnea treatment will vary from case to case based on a variety of factors, including what kind of tests are needed to diagnose your condition and the type of treatment you select. We are happy to offer consultations free of charge and can discuss the costs of sleep apnea treatment more specifically once we have a more complete understanding of your situation. For any costs that are not covered by insurance, we are happy to provide financing options through CareCredit®. 

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Drs. Hadden and Whidden, LLC

Drs. Hadden and Whidden, LLC, has been helping patients achieve healthy, stunning smiles for over 30 years. Our dentists have trained at The Kois Center and are members of prestigious dentistry organizations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Connecticut State Dental Association

If you are ready to restore your smile and achieve peak dental wellness, call us at (860) 875-2881 or request your appointment online.

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