Obstructive Sleep Apnea Cumming

Helping You Breathe Freely Throughout the Night

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Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects your ability to breathe freely throughout the night. A blockage occurs in your airway, making it difficult to breathe. The body must respond rapidly if air is to flow correctly, which is why you may wake suddenly gasping for air. At Sleep Forsyth, Dr. Bragg and our team want to help! If you suspect that you may be living with obstructive sleep apnea in Cumming, give us a call today.


Why Choose Sleep Forsyth for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment?

  • In-Network with Multiple Insurance Plans
  • Dentist with Advanced Training, Credentials, & Qualifications
  • Tele-Health Visits Are Available for Certain Appointments

What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

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Although there may be different reasons why obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs, the most common culprit is the soft tissues of the mouth collapsing onto the throat. When the throat becomes relaxed, it can fall back onto your airway, making it difficult to breathe freely. As seconds tick by, the brain becomes triggered by the body’s need to breathe. This spurs the sudden awakening and gasping for air.

Possible Complications of OSA

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Problems can arise that often point to OSA, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Drowsy driving
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Frequent headaches
  • Moodiness
  • Obesity/weight gain
  • Loss of libido

Types of Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

When visiting Dr. Bragg to discuss OSA, there is a good chance that she will evaluate and offer one or more treatment options. It is often helpful to combine solutions to minimize symptoms and improve quality of life.

Lifestyle Changes

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If smoking, alcohol consumption, or your weight are contributing to your OSA, Dr. Bragg might recommend lifestyle changes as part of your treatment plan. This might include cessation resources to help you quit tobacco usage, limiting your alcohol, and establishing an exercise routine and healthy diet.


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Continuous positive airway treatment (CPAP) is a common form of treatment that many patients use and see success with. As air is pushed through the mask that is worn over both the nose and mouth (or just the nose), it allows the airway to remain open while sleeping.

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)

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A custom-fit oral appliance is an effective treatment option for sleep breathing disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. The appliance can also help address the disorders’ associated challenges, such as persistent fatigue and teeth grinding, among others.

Oral Appliances (OA) are similar to a light nightguard, and they provide an alternative to CPAP and surgery. They work by repositioning the jaw to open the central airway and allow an unobstructed flow of oxygen. We offer a wide range of appliance options, which are then custom fit to the wearer to maximize the efficacy of the device and the relief that patients experience.

Learn More About Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)

Combined Therapy

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If you have severe OSA, you may be recommended for combination therapy. This includes using both an Oral Appliance and CPAP to ensure your airway remains open. The CPAP machine is set on a lower setting while you wear the Oral Appliance. Both work together to keep air flowing freely while you sleep.


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When the most serious situations arise, you might be recommended to have a surgical evaluation. Our team can help you take the next steps if necessary. Whether you need your tonsils or adenoids removed, could benefit from an Inspire® implant, or other options, we will refer you to one of our trusted partners.