Seventy-five million people in the U.S. suffer from snoring. Noisy sounds of snoring occur when there is an airway obstruction. Airflow through the passage from mouth to nose collapses and part of the airway closes then soft structure vibrates and noise happens.
Snoring does not involve a serious medical disorder; however, anyone who snores and has daytime drowsiness should be evaluated for sleep disorders. Sleep apnea is a serious medical problem. OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) can lead to serious, long-term health problems.
Effective treatment eliminates snoring and sleep apnea. The success of treatment is measured by the reduction of respiratory disturbances to within normal levels as well as elimination of symptoms like excessive daytime sleepiness and simply improving patients’ well-being.
The standard of care is the CPAP machine. CPAP creates continuous positive air pressure through a mask over your face while you sleep. For those who have done sleep tests and are on CPAP, the question is: Are you wearing your CPAP machine? The answer, strikingly high, is “NO.” You know how uncomfortable the system might be. Don’t risk your life.
Oral Airway Appliance Therapy is a promising solution. With so many advances in the dental field, dentists are now able to conservatively and successfully treat those suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea. Airway Sleep Appliances are light and easy to wear. An appliance worn during sleep helps prevent the airway from collapsing by creating extra airway space.
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