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Sleep Apnea

If you live with sleep apnea, you and your partner may have experienced a lot of restless nights.

There is hope, however. The team at our Salt Lake City, UT, office can help you both sleep well again.

Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin of Hopkin Oral Surgery can treat your sleep apnea so you can finally have relief from the exhaustion and worry.

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

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What Are the Risks of Sleep Apnea?

​If you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea, you should seek treatment quickly. Whether it's obstructive sleep apnea or another form of the condition, it can take a significant toll on your quality of life.

Even daytime sleepiness on its own can be dangerous, as it may cause impairment while you are working, driving, or doing other tasks that need complete focus.

Additionally, low-quality sleep can also increase the risk of higher blood pressure, stroke, and preventable death. That makes treatment and diagnosis of sleep apnea crucial.

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Dr. Hopkin is friendly and personable. He explained all my options to me so that I understood them. Together we selected the best procedure to use and what procedure is our back up plan. I felt like it was a partnership, not a superior dictating what he was going to do to me.
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What Are the Types of Sleep Apnea And How Do They Affect My Breathing?

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.

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Because sleep apnea can lead to higher blood pressure and risk of stroke in addition to impeded breathing, it is crucial to seek treat for your sleep disorder. Contact our Salt Lake City, UT, office to learn more.

Sleep apnea can affect your mood, relationships with others, and general quality of life.

Who May Experience Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is common, and it can affect people of all demographics. Men, women, and children can all suffer from sleep apnea. However, the condition is most likely to affect:

Middle-Aged Men

Overweight Patients

Those With Narrow Neck Circumferences

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 give you a custom oral appliance. You will wear this mouth piece nightly so you can 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 the condition using non-invasive, custom-made oral appliances. 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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With the help of Dr. Hopkin, you may be able to find relief from your sleep apnea. Serving patients all over Utah, we offer CareCredit® financing so cost is not an obstacle to your health.

Will I Need a CPAP Machine?

It's entirely possible that you will not need a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to alleviate your obstructive sleep apnea. Many patients who are unable to benefit from CPAP therapy can take advantage of a comfortable oral appliance instead.

In addition to diagnosing you with obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, or complex sleep apnea, our Salt Lake City, UT, office can provide you with a custom oral appliance.

Not only is this appliance smaller than a CPAP, it's easier to wear. Unlike CPAP, the appliance makes no noise, which can help both you and your partner sleep easier.

How Does Oral Appliance Therapy 
Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

If you are indeed suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Hopkin can provide a custom-made oral appliance. This device fits comfortably over your teeth.

Rather than providing continuous positive airway pressure, the appliance places gentle pressure on your lower jaw. As your jaw slightly protrudes forward, your soft palate will tighten so that it no longer droops into your throat. Your oral appliance will be small and convenient for more silent nights.

A custom-made oral appliance from our Salt Lake City, UT, office can help you rest comfortably again. 

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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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