Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is characterized by repeated stoppages in breathing, each lasting seconds or longer. OSA has been associated with daytime sleepiness, hypertension, and cardiac arrhythmias. Sleep apnea can be a deceiving sleep disorder since 90% of people who have sleep apnea don't know that they have it! Although episodes of choking or gasping for air might occur hundreds of times throughout the night, you may not have any recollection of struggling for breath.
By creating a custom dental appliance, we can effectively treat snoring or mild to moderate sleep apnea. Our appliances reduce airway restriction by repositioning the mandible forward and slightly open the vertical dimension to keep the airways space open during sleep. A properly fitted dental appliance will not only improve your breathing, but also help you acheive a better night's rest.
Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea
Warning signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
* Frequent silences during sleep due to breaks in breathing (apnea)
* Choking or gasping during sleep to get air into the lungs
* Loud snoring
* Sudden awakenings to restart breathing or waking up in a sweat
* Daytime sleepiness and feeling unrefreshed by a night's sleep, including falling asleep at the wheel.