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You need a Sleep Apnea Appliance to wear during the night as you sleep

Sleep apnea Appliance

Sleep apnea refers to a sleep disorder whereby the affected people occasionally stops breathing during their sleep. This is caused by obstruction of the airway, stopping the normal airflow into the lungs. This leads the mind to send impulses to the body, and as a result, you snort and make gasping sounds as you recover breathing. This condition can happen many times in the course of the night, and the result is disturbed sleep at night. The effects are fatigue and feelings of tiredness throughout the next day, which can lead to unproductivity at work or in your other daily activities. To solve this condition, you need a sleep apnea appliance to wear during the night as you sleep.

What causes obstructive sleep apnea?

Normally when you sleep, your organs and muscles tend to relax so they can repair themselves to keep you active and healthy during the day. Sometimes this relaxation causes the muscles in the mouth to relax to the point that they fall back and block the upper airway, hindering the flow of oxygen to the lungs. The severity of the obstruction can be categorized according to the number of times that it occurs. These are mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), moderate OSA, and severe OSA. For mild and moderate OSA, the pauses in breathing can occur 5-14 times per hour for mild OSA, and 15-30 for moderate OSA. However, for severe OSA, the interruptions can happen more than 30 times per hour.

Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea

The most common treatment recommended for sleep apnea is the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. This is an appliance worn over the mouth as you sleep, and it works by blowing pressurized air into the respiratory system. This treatment is preferred for patients suffering from moderate to severe sleep apnea. Before we recommend the most suitable solution for your sleep apnea; therefore, we need first to do a sleep study to establish the severity of your case. If your sleep apnea ranges from mild to moderate; however, we recommend the use of dental devices to curb the situation.

How do the Appliances work?

The two major categories of sleep apnea devices are mandibular adjustment devices (MADs) and tongue retaining mouthpieces. MADs resemble the mouth guards worn by sportsmen as they play in the field. They are fitted in the mouth snapping over the upper teeth as well as the lower teeth. The MADs push the tongue and lower jaw slightly forward, thus reducing the chance of the tongue falling back and blocking the airway. The tongue retaining mouthpieces, on the other hand, is similar to the MADs, but they have a small provision for holding the tongue to keep it forward and avoid it from falling back into the airway.

Consultation

If you are having issues with sleep apnea, you should seek the intervention of a medical practitioner immediately. The solutions we have at Wilshire Smile Studio will work for you as we prepare the required sleep apnea appliance as per your specifications.

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