Friday, March 01, 2013

Sleep Apnea Treatment - Oral Devices

Sleep Apnea is a condition in which a person stops breathing while they are sleeping. It is estimated to affect over 20 million people in the US and 95% of cases go undiagnosed each year. If you are experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea, it is imperative to see a specialist.

There are many options out there for sleep apnea treatment, but for those of you who are tired of  of CPAP and the unattractive mask and machine, you have the option of an oral device.

Dental appliances or oral devices are like a mouth guard and work similarly. They correct the position of the tongue and/or jaw which increases air flow while you sleep. Oral devices are less cumbersome than other sleep apnea treatments.

Oral appliance therapy is best for patients who are unable to tolerate CPAP or for those who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea. If you are interested in alternative treatments for sleep apnea, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.