Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Oral sleep appliances are a great non-invasive alternative for treating OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) or sleep related breathing disorders, such as UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome) and snoring. Many Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and nearly 80% of cases go undiagnosed. Those who find themselves suffering from daytime sleepiness, fatigue, excessive snoring, restless sleep, insomnia, nightmares, or sleep deprivation may be suffering from a sleep related breathing disorders. If left untreated, physical health will be compromised and can lead to hypertension, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Vulnerability increases with mouth breathing, dental crowding, recessed jaw, and being overweight.
Usually, the design of the oral sleep appliance will look like a dental retainer, but will involve advancing the lower jaw, which helps to expand the air pathway, improve airflow, and help oxygenation. Depending on the design, oral appliances not only can manage the symptoms, but are also used for treatment to provide long term health benefits, such as further development of the jaw to improve airway health.
Our office works closely with your sleep doctor to fabricate the appliance that is more comfortable for you.