Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by chronic snoring and brief lapses in breathing during the night. The most common kind of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and it is caused by the tissues in the mouth and throat relaxing into the airway. When this happens, the body immediately senses that breathing has stopped, so it panics and partially wakes up to restore it. This can happen hundreds of times an hour, and it prevents a person from getting the deep, restful sleep they need to feel focused and energized the next day.
For those dealing with OSA, we can provide relief using a custom-made oral appliance. This is a small mouthpiece a patient will only need to wear to bed, and it will keep the airway clear by gently shifting the jaw forward and/or keeping the tongue in a neutral position. Each one is made from strong, durable materials and is shaped to comfortably fit over the teeth. In multiple studies, oral appliance therapy has been shown to dramatically increase the sleep quality for 90% of the people who use it consistently.
Ready to start sleeping better or get rid of your CPAP machine? If so, simply contact us today.