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Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Appliances

Loud snorers may have a serious case of blocked air passages, known as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. In these cases, the blockage of air is so great that no air can get through, causing repeated awakenings throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea can contribute or lead to many other conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and depression, so it is important to be diagnosed by a medical professional if you experience any sleep-related symptoms.

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking / drinking
  • Eating healthy and controlling blood pressure
  • Sleeping on your side
  • Oral devices
  • Breathing machines (CPAP)
  • Surgery in extreme cases

Oral appliances are a front-line treatment for patients with mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea who prefer an appliance to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), or who do not respond to CPAP. An oral appliance is a small plastic device that fits in the mouth during sleep like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer. Oral appliances help prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep and promoting adequate air intake.