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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea doesn't just interrupt your sleep. It also obstructs your breathing.

Without treatment, this sleep condition can increase your risk of heart disease, depression, and other health issues.

If your snoring keeps your partner up or interrupts your rest, start sleep apnea treatment with Dr. Ryan K. Austin in South Ogden, Utah.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea refers to breathing interruptions while you are trying to get a full night's rest.

Ideally, when you sleep, your oxygen level will remain the same and your upper airway will remain unobstructed. For those with sleep apnea, the opposite occurs. That can mean trouble breathing, blocked airways, and restless nights.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea model

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs more frequently. It arises when your throat muscles slacken, physically blocking the passage of air. Since that action closes up your airway, it can impede your breathing.

Central sleep apnea model

Central Sleep Apnea

Central sleep apnea, on the other hand, results from mistaken communication from your mind to your body. Essentially, your brain regulates breathing at uneven intervals, which can make it hard to get the oxygen you need.

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Those with sleep disorders often struggle to have a restful night of sleep. If you live with sleep apnea, you may have noticed these troubling symptoms:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Waking up multiple times a night 
  • Excessive snoring
  • Dry mouth at night
  • High blood pressure
  • Difficulty breathing

Here's the good news: obstructive sleep apnea is a well-recognized condition with multiple treatment options. 

You're never too young to experience sleep apnea. It even affects children! So, if you notice any signs or symptoms, visit Dr. Ryan K. Austin in South Ogden, UT.

Which Factors Can Cause Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea can be caused or exacerbated by:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Taking sedatives
  • Drinking alcohol

Which Genetic Factors Impact Sleep Apnea?


  • Bigger tonsils
  • An above-average-sized tongue
  • Narrow palates

How Will My Doctor Diagnose Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea -- and the exhaustion that comes with it -- doesn't have to be a constant in your life. You can find treatment for your central or obstructive sleep apnea and start resting well again.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Ryan K. Austin or call us at (801) 399-3701.  


Dr. Ryan K. Austin will discuss your symptoms, risk factors, and other concerns. He'll also ask you how well you sleep. He will account for possible contributing factors or conditions, like high blood pressure or excess weight.

Assessing Situation

If Dr. Austin believes you may have obstructive or central sleep apnea, he will schedule a sleep study. If another issue is causing your sleep disturbances, it can be explored in more detail.

Sleep Study

During the sleep study, doctors will observe how your body acts at rest. That includes recording how your blood oxygen, heart, lungs, and limb function. Ultimately, it will also show the doctors whether you live with sleep apnea.


How Can You Treat My Sleep Apnea?

There are two main treatment options used for obstructive sleep apnea.

You may have heard of the first: a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. A CPAP includes a mask to fit over your nose, as well a tube to deliver pressurized air.

If this sounds uncomfortable, you may be a candidate for an alternative option: a custom-fitted mouthguard. It will pull your jaw slightly forward, shifting the soft tissues of your throat and allowing you to sleep safely and soundly.

Fitted Mouthpiece

Sleep apnea mouthpiece
This fitted mouthpiece can improve the breathing of someone who lives with obstructive sleep apnea.

Why Choose Dr. Ryan K. Austin?

If you're suffering from sleep apnea, you have an important decision on your hands. We'll make it a little bit simpler by telling you exactly why Dr. Ryan K. Austin in Ogden, UT, can help with your sleep disorders.

Board Certification

Dr. Austin is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. His qualifications allow him to deliver the caliber of treatment you deserve and can give you the peace of mind as well.

Two Locations to Visit

Dr. Ryan K. Austin offers two convenient locations for patients: one in South Ogden, UT, and the other in Brigham City, UT.

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I had a wonderful experience at Dr. Austins office. He was very nice and personable. I would recommend his office to anyone!

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The office staff is friendly and professional. Dr. Austin is a very skilled surgeon and cares about his patients' wellbeing. Highly recommend!

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Ryan K. Austin, DDS

Ryan K. Austin, DDS Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Ryan K. Austin is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon with offices in South Ogden and Brigham City, UT. He practices a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with a focus on dental implant surgery, bone grafting associated with dental implants, and wisdom tooth extraction. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Diplomate status)
  • The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • The American Dental Association
  • The Utah Dental Association

To request a consultation with Dr. Austin, please fill out our online form or call (801) 399-3701.

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