Sleep apnea is a serious and potentially life threatening disorder involving repeated pauses in breathing while asleep.
The signs and symptoms of this disorder during sleeping hours may include:
episodes of breathing cessation
abrupt awakenings, episodes of gasping for air
difficulties getting a good night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea can lead to a morning headache, excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.
In situations of mild to moderate sleep apnea, a dental appliance may be deemed an appropriate treatment.
Worn in a similar fashion to a mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer, it is designed to help keep the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing, allowing the airway to stay open during sleep.
An oral appliance is easy to wear, easy to care for, comfortable, and portable.