Each year, millions of US adults are diagnosed with sleep apnea, the cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time throughout the night. What many of our Jonesboro, AR dental patients don’t know is how Dr. Yarnell can help. Dentists have extensive training in oral and facial structures and how they work together that includes the airways. Those patients who suffer from the most common form of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, may benefit from wearing a comfortable, custom crafted oral appliance while they sleep. The biggest challenge sleep physicians report in treating sleep apnea is patient compliance. The traditional treatment option for sleep apnea is the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) systems, but many patients are unable to adjust to the sounds and sensations of their CPAP systems. Oral appliances are comfortable, portable, and offer effective relief. Patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea are often able to achieve superior treatment results using a custom crafted oral appliance compared with CPAP therapy.