About twenty-five percent of men and ten percent of women have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This is a sleep disorder that can be a serious risk to your health. Fortunately most patients responsd well to treatment, such as the increasingly popular oral appliance.
OSA occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse during sleep. This blocks the airway and results in snoring and gasping for air; people even stop breathing, repeatedly. It can leave you underrested, and also at higher risk for conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease.
Oral Appliances Reposition the Jaw
One of the most commonly prescribed treatments is a device called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP for short. It’s a small machine that blows a steady stream of air into the mouth and nose through a mask, which keeps the airway from collapsing.
But a lot of people find it uncomfortable. Oral appliances are designed to reposition the jaw and tongue to keep the airway open. They look light an athlete’s mouthguard, and have helped many patients.