Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses or disruptions in breathing during sleep. These patients experience choking, snoring or snorting sounds as breathing resumes. These individuals with apnea are often tired during the day due to restless sleep.
Sleep apnea is best diagnosed with a formal sleep study. Moderate to severe sleep apnea is treated with the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. For mild to moderate OSA, or when a CPAP device is not tolerated, a custom fabricated oral sleep apnea device can be made by a prosthodontist with full knowledge of the anatomy and function of the oral airway.
Custom prosthodontic oral appliances support the jaw in a calculated position to help maintain an open airway. They can help reduce or eliminate snoring and other sounds to vastly improve sleep quality.
Should you suffer from any of those symptoms, or suspect that you have sleep apnea, a consultation with an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist is recommended.
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According to the American Dental Society, If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a number of health problems including: