Obstructive sleep apnea is an ongoing condition that disrupts sleep.
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a patient experiences one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. The sleep disruption caused by sleep apnea can negatively impact your quality of sleep, leaving you tired and irritable.
Mild sleep apnea can often be treated with lifestyle changes such as losing weight, receiving positional therapy, or wearing an appliance to help maintain an open airway while you sleep.
For moderate to severe sleep apnea, a breathing device called CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine can fit over your mouth and/or nose and gently blows air into your throat while you sleep. This air pressure helps keep your airway open while you sleep.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is often an effective alternative to CPAP for patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
Many patients that suffer from sleep apnea may be able to find relief using a custom fitted oral appliance which adjusts the position of the lower jaw and tongue during sleep. Our office can create a personalized for you to wear during sleep in order to maintain an open, unobstructed airway when worn while sleeping. Please be sure to bring your oral appliance in to your appointments to make sure it is fitting properly.