Sleep Apnea Appliances
Sleep apnea is a serious, sometimes fatal medical disorder that affects around 10% of men over the age of 40, and 6% of women off the same age. Sleep apnea sufferers completely stop breathing during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times in a single night. Normal breathing ceases because the airway becomes obstructed, causing a serious reduction of airflow to the lungs.
There are a number of dental devices that can be used to alleviate this condition. The goal of most of these devices is to separate the jaws and push them forward slightly. This slight repositioning opens up the airway, and allows oxygen to flow freely again. Wearers of sleep apnea dental devices report that they reduces snoring, feel more rested in the daytime, and are much more comfortable going to sleep. Sleep apnea appliances work best on patients who are not significantly overweight. They offer a viable alternative to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), in consultation with your medical doctor.
For the treatment of OSA, the appliance is worn during sleep to maintain the patency of the upper airway by increasing its dimensions and reducing collapsibilty. The appliance is custom made,comprised of upper and lower dental plates with a unique patented fin coupling component, which allows normal mouth opening and closing.
The appliance is worn when you sleep. The appliance is very discrete, allowing you to close your lips so it is not obvious that you are wearing it. The appliance is extremely comfortable because it is custom made to fit your mouth and it does not impinge on your tongue. You can open and close your mouth normally as the appliance does not lock or fix your jaws together.
Your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and mouth to confirm your oral health status, as well as ensuring that you are dentally appropriate for the appliance. Dental impressions are required to fabricate the appliance. These impressions are then sent to the laboratory where the appliance is made. Once custom made for you, the appliance will be fitted by your dentist who will instruct you on how to insert and remove it yourself, including how to clean and care for your appliance