Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a condition in which the patient stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer during sleep. While there are different types of sleep apnea, one of the most common is obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). In many cases, the contributing factor in OSAS is blockage from the tongue or lower jaw. The cycle of sleeping and waking caused by sleep apnea leads to a range of serious issues from daytime drowsiness and moodiness to difficulty concentrating, and memory loss. Sleep apnea patients face an increased risk of high blood pressure and accidents at work, at home, or behind the wheel.
In the past, a CPAP machine was the solution for OSAS. CPAP machines use nasal masks and steady stream of air to keep airways open during sleep. Many patients experienced side effects with CPAP.
That’s why the most popular form of treatment is oral appliance therapy. Your appliance is custom-made to reposition your tongue or lower jaw. As a result, air reaches the lungs without being cut off. Oral appliance therapy also helps patients who struggle with snoring. In fact, snoring and sleep apnea often go hand-in-hand. A patient who struggles with severe snoring may have an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea, and should consider seeking treatment.