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Device Helps People with Sleep Apnea

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Fishing is one of Scott Beatty's hobbies. But, it was something fishy about his health that led to a discovery.  Not only did he have high blood pressure, Beatty also had something that would leave him restless and ultimately sent him to his doctor.

Beatty's doctor told him that he had sleep apnea. He is one of millions of Americans who suffer with the disease, which causes breathing to stop multiple times at night while asleep.

"If I cut your air off now for twenty seconds, you would feel really uncomfortable," Beatty said. "Imagine doing it unconsciously, twenty to thirty times a night."

Beatty tried a C-PAP machine, which helps breathing, but it wasn't comfortable. And, it didn't fit Beatty's fashion sense.

"Number One is I did not want to look like Darth Vader all night long and sound like him. Number Two is I tried my best to use it and I couldn't," said Beatty.

There were other options and it took an old friend, Dr. Steve Austin of Austin Orthodontics in Denver, NC, to finally help him with a new device.
The mouthpiece is called "TAP" and it's helping people like Beatty, with sleep apnea. He's one of about twenty of Dr. Austin's patients who use the device.

"We are trying to advance the lower jaw into their position appliances and you bring the lower jaw forward everything and it pulls the lower jaw forward enough to where it opens the airways," said Dr. Austin.

The doctor says it also lowers blood pressure and that's not all.

"A lot of our patients are going off anti-anxiety and depression medication," Austin said. "Sleep impacts our whole being."


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