What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a period of 10 seconds or more during which you are unable to breathe due to a blocked airway. This condition can be extremely dangerous, even to the point of death. If you feel you’re experiencing any of the symptoms below, call to schedule an appointment.
Gasping, chocking, or snorting while sleeping
Frequent heavy snoring
Fatigue after a full night of sleep
Falling asleep when inappropriate
Irritability and aggressive behavior
Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance
Dental appliances to treat sleep apnea are called “Mandibular Repositioning Appliances” and involve holding the lower jaw forward during sleep. By holding your jaw in a protruded position, the device acts to keep your airway open by pulling the tongue forward. The appliance involves fabrication of 2 custom made appliances that the fit the upper and lower dental arches.
Literature reviews indicate that oral appliances are highly effective in cases of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, and that patients report better compliance with this device compared to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Most report a decrease in snoring, with some having complete relief from this symptom.
We’ll work in conjunction with your physician to provide the best treatment for you. If you’ve had a recent sleep study and are intolerant of CPAP, we’d like to help.
If you’ve just received your device, see Post-Op Instructions for more information.