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WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?

Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder whereby a sleeping person stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer. The most common treatment device is the Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine, however, it’s bulky and uncomfortable. A more comfortable option is a compact, custom-made oral device that helps position the jaw forward, keeping the airway open while the person sleeps.

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

For an accurate diagnosis of sleep apnea, see a doctor for a thorough assessment. Common symptoms may include loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, nightmares, dry mouth, mouth breathing, and nighttime episodes of no breathing. If left untreated, sleep apnea can be life threatening.

Who can use dental devices in treating sleep apnea?

Those with mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) who experience fewer than 30 episodes of interruptions in breathing per hour may be eligible to use a dental device such as a mandibular advancement device or a tongue retaining mouth piece. 

The benefits of dental devices in treating sleep apnea

Sleep apnea sufferers tolerate dental devices more comfortably than CPAP devices and experience less dry throat and nose complaints. Dental devices are easier to travel with and require less equipment. The benefits of a sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment are lifesaving and the patient will feel more refreshed during the day from getting a more restful night’s sleep.

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