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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Learn how sleep apnea affects both children and adults. ADD/ADHD, bedwetting, mouth breathing and crowded teeth are symptoms in children. Adults don’t sleep well, are tired, have high blood pressure and experience more disease.

More About Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep Disordered Breathing affects children and adults. In fact, adult sleep apnea has its beginnings in childhood with mouth breathing, malformed jaw formation and airway constrictions.

Signs and symptoms in children include: mouth breathing, hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD), bedwetting, chronic allergies/infections, headaches, school problems and crooked teeth.

Signs and symptoms in adults include: snoring, daytime tiredness and cognitive decline. Health consequences in adults include high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, weight gain, and traffic accidents.

Mouth Body Connection

Obstructive Sleep Apena Causes


Mouth Breathing

Teeth Grinding



Allergies & Infections


Crowded Teeth


Daytime Tiredness

Fall Asleep Easily

High Blood Pressure

Weight Gain

Heart Disease



Do you or your spouse snore? Do you hate your CPAP? Sleep apnea is a serious problem. It causes many health problems like fatigue, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and weight gain. If you hate your CPAP, or prefer otherwise, oral appliances are a welcome alternative that can literally save your life and give you a good night’s sleep.


Childhood sleep problems are linked with crowded teeth, mal-positioned jaws, and behavioral challenges that looks like ADD/ADHD. Symptoms such as mouth breathing, crowded teeth, bedwetting, snoring and tongue thrust can point to serious underlying health issues and the welcome need for treatment for struggling children.

A Note Straight From the Patient Seat...

From time to time our patients send in little notes, cards, thank yous and such regarding the dental work / service that we've done for them.

Sherry 07.12.14

This is a personal thank you to Dr. Ostler for his caring and holistic approach to health care. A few years ago, during my annual check-up, Dr. Ostler mentioned that my apparent grinding of teeth during the night could be an indication of sleep apnea. So, my dentist sent me home with a device that was designed to measure and record his patient’s sleep patterns!


A few days later, the printed read-out did, indeed, indicate that I had a sleep problem. Dr. Ostler’s recommended visit with my primary doctor and subsequent referral to a local sleep clinic, confirmed the diagnosis. I have been in treatment ever since for sleep apnea, which is a condition that can seriously affect your heart health and overall well-being.


Our bodies are delicately integrated organisms and that should be treated as such. I know that my dental health is important to my overall health and I have Dr. Ostler to thank for caring enough about his patients to go beyond what would normally be a dentist’s area of expertise, interest and responsibility. I’m sure my sleep apnea is but one example of his broad approach to patient care and I am very grateful to him and to his wonderful team!

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