Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops during sleep. This occurs because the airway is blocked at the back of the throat.
Eventually, the brain recognizes this and causes sufferers to gasp and start breathing again. This is very harmful to the brain (oxygen deprivation) and is associated with always being tired, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, poor concentration and numerous other problems. Consult your physician if you suspect you have OSA.
Oral appliance therapy is usually very helpful and may eliminate the need for a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device.
The appliance is clear and moves the lower jaw forward which allows the airway to open.
Please contact our office for further information.