Obstructive sleep apnea is a form of sleep apnea caused by a collapse of airway tissues creating a temporary blockage of the airway.
Did you know that 1 in 5 adults has mild OSA? OSA affects about 30 million Americans and less than 10% of those have been diagnosed.
Apnea sufferers can stop breathing anywhere from 10 seconds to over 3 minutes!!
This lack of oxygen leaves a person feeling very tired from not getting enough REM sleep. More importantly, if the body doesn’t get enough oxygen, this can greatly affect the function of vital organs such as the heart and lungs, resulting in hypertension, acid reflux, stroke and sometimes even death.
If left untreated, OSA can take up to 12 years or more off of your life!
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure mask. It keeps the airway open by providing forced air through flexible tubing. CPAP is very effective; however, some people are unable to tolerate it.
In cases of intolerance, or if apnea is mild, an oral appliance may be appropriate. It works by moving the lower jaw forward, opening up the airway. Oral appliances can also aid in teeth grinding that may be associated with sleep apnea and orofacial pain.
We work closely with your physician to find the appropriate therapy that works for you.
Give us a call today for a free consultation to see if an oral sleep appliance could work for you.