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Sleep Apnea

Do you have frequent daytime fatigue, morning headaches, and difficulty concentrating at work? You may have sleep apnea.

Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin in Salt Lake City, UT, can help you find relief through treatment with a CPAP machine or a custom oral appliance.

You don't have to live with your symptoms forever. Hopkin Oral Surgery can get you back on track to nights of deep, restful sleep.

Having Trouble Sleeping?

What Is Sleep Apnea?


Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes blocked airways, trouble breathing, and snoring. When your upper airways are blocked, your brain will signal your body to wake so that you can start breathing normally. Though you may be unaware of these interruptions, you could stop breathing and wake up dozens or even hundreds of times each night.

The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea

You may not be aware of your frequent sleep interruptions as they happen, but sleep apnea has numerous symptoms. The signs of sleep apnea may include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Chronic exhaustion
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Chronic headaches
  • Sore throat when waking
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating

Is Sleep Apnea Keeping You From a Restful Night of Sleep? Contact Our Salt Lake City Practice Today

High-quality sleep is crucial to maintaining your health and overall sense of well-being. Our board-certified oral surgeon, Dustin J. Hopkin, can arrange a comprehensive sleep study to diagnose your condition and get you started with effective treatment. Our Salt Lake City office even offers same-day appointments so you can receive the care you need as quickly as possible.

Relief from fatigue is just around the corner. Contact our Salt Lake City, UT, practice today to begin your sleep apnea treatment.

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The Three Types of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, the tissues of your soft palate or throat relax while you sleep. As the soft tissues loosen and sag, they block your throat and upper airway so that air cannot pass through normally. In some cases, your tongue may relax back into the throat, having a similar obstructive effect.

Central Sleep Apnea

Central sleep apnea is another type of this sleep disorder. When you sleep, your brain sends signals to your muscles and upper airways that it's time to breathe. Sometimes this unconscious communication is interrupted. Central sleep apnea prevents oxygen from properly moving through your airways, causing poor sleep quality.

Complex Sleep Apnea

In some cases, it is possible to experience a combination of the physical blockages from obstructive sleep apnea and the lack of brain and muscle communication experienced in central sleep apnea. Complex sleep apnea is the least common form of the condition. Patients are more likely to have just one type of sleep apnea.

What Are the Risk Factors For Developing Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is very common, and obstructive sleep apnea is by far the most prevalent form of the condition. In fact, studies estimate that nearly 1 billion adults worldwide suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Certain factors can influence your risk of developing this type of sleep apnea, including your:


Excess weight is the most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea. Extra fat deposits around your neck and upper airway can disrupt your breathing during sleep.

Airway Size

Genetics, injury, and certain autoimmune conditions can cause a narrow airway, making breathing more difficult. Large tonsils or adenoids can also obstruct your breathing.


Men are more likely to develop sleep apnea than women. However, women's risk of developing the condition greatly increases after menopause.


Sleep apnea is much more common in older adults than in children and teens.


Smoking and frequent alcohol consumption can significantly increase your risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea.

Family History

You are more likely to develop a sleeping disorder if anyone in your family suffers from the same issue. 

Medical Conditions

Health issues like high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and congestive heart failure can increase your risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea. 

Sleep Apnea Care Timeline

Here's how your sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment may work at Hopkin Oral Surgery.
Here's how your sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment may work at Hopkin Oral Surgery.


Dr. Hopkin will meet with you at our state-of-the-art Salt Lake City, UT, practice to talk about your symptoms and concerns. Once he has learned about your experience, he will schedule a sleep study for a possible official diagnosis.

Sleep Study

Dr. Hopkin may recommend an at-home home sleep study or he may refer you to a sleep clinic for a more conclusive diagnosis. The conductor of the study will monitor you as you rest to see if you experience disruptions in your breathing that indicate obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, or complex sleep apnea.


The results from your sleep study will likely indicate whether or not you have sleep apnea. If you do receive a diagnosis, remember that sleep apnea is treatable. You have Dr. Hopkin here to help.


Dr. Hopkin will determine whether a custom oral appliance or a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is the best treatment to help you breathe and sleep comfortably once again.

Find Treatment for Your Sleep Apnea At Hopkin Oral Surgery

Learning about sleep apnea may feel overwhelming. However, it also means that you're one step closer to treatment from a professional who truly cares about your health.

Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin understands the current and far-reaching effects of sleep apnea and offers effective treatments at his Salt Lake City, UT, oral surgery practice. He can address your condition using a non-invasive, custom-made oral appliance or a prescription for CPAP therapy. With his personalized care, you can enjoy improved breathing patterns and overall increased physical health.

To sleep restfully, contact our Salt Lake City office or call:

(801) 277-3942

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Your Treatment Options

The two main treatment options for your sleep apnea are a custom-made oral appliance or a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Both options can help you reduce the effects of your sleep disorder and lower your risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health issues. Dr. Hopkin can determine the best treatment option for you after your consultation and diagnosis.
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Oral Appliance

If you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Hopkin can provide a custom-made oral appliance. This device will fit comfortably over your teeth and place gentle pressure on your lower jaw. As your jaw slightly protrudes forward, your soft palate will tighten so that it no longer drops into your throat, opening your airway and eliminating loud snoring. Your oral appliance will be small and convenient for more peaceful nights.

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CPAP Machine

A CPAP machine is worn while you sleep. The machine includes a mask that fits comfortably over your nose and a hose that allows pressurized air to continuously flow through your airway so you can breathe easily while you sleep. 

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Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle factors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, quitting smoking, and reducing your alcohol intake can significantly reduce the effects of sleep apnea. In some cases, these changes alone may be enough to help you find the relief you're looking for. However, depending on the severity of your sleep disorder, it may be best to continue using your CPAP machine or custom oral appliance in addition to making lifestyle changes.

Will I Need a CPAP Machine?

It's entirely possible that you will not need to use a CPAP machine to alleviate the effects of your obstructive sleep apnea. While CPAP therapy is highly effective in most cases, some patients have difficulty adjusting to the machine, and others do not experience the full benefits they're looking for after a period of continued use. If these issues apply to you, you may prefer using a custom oral appliance instead.

After you receive a diagnosis, Dr. Hopkin will speak with you about which treatment option will best fit your personal needs. If you have been diagnosed with central sleep apnea or complex sleep apnea, we can refer you to a specialist for treatment.

Our goal is to improve your comfort, sleep quality, and overall health through attentive, individualized care. If you have any questions regarding your treatment options, don't hesitate to reach out to our Salt Lake City, UT, practice

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Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin is a highly trained oral surgeon in Salt Lake City, UT. He is proud to be board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. At Hopkin Oral Surgery, Dr. Hopkin and his team provide excellent care with state-of-the-art technology and advanced treatment methods. Our most popular services include:

You can request a consultation with Dr. Hopkin by filling out our online form or calling (801) 277-3942.

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