Sleep Apnea is a breathing disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep due to a blockage in the airway. The most common causes of airway blockage include throat muscles, tongue, tonsils, or soft palate falling back into the throat. The blockage suffocates the person at rest
Dental Sleep Medicine: Treating Snoring, Obstructive Sleep Apnea & Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome with Oral Appliance Therapy.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Yes/No Do you snore?
Yes/ No Do you have high blood pressure?
Yes/ No Do you feel fatigued or excessively tires during the day?
Yes/ No Have you been told you choke or gasp during sleep?
Yes/ No Have you attempted any treatments for sleep disordered breathing?
Yes/ No Is your neck size >17 in (male) or > 16 in (female)?
How can an oral appliance treat snoring & breathing?
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can be treated with surgery, CPAP or BiPAP machines, or oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is the least invasive treatment and the first choice of treatment for mild to moderate OSA. It involves the selection, fitting, and use of an appliance to hold the jaw forward and maintain an open airway in the throat during sleep.
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