Could you be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
OSA is a chronic, medical, Sleep Breathing Disorder that is characterized by repeated episodes in which the tongue, soft palate and other related tissues collapse the upper airway during sleep, reducing the amount of oxygen delivered to the lungs.
Are you currently not wearing your CPAP?
We can offer a more COMFORTABLE alternative treatment to your machine.
Many people begin by seeing their family doctor and undergoing a sleep study. Generally, a CPAP device will be prescribed. The CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy device is considered the gold-standard of OSA therapy and some people do well with them, finding instant relief and comfort. Others find sleeping with a mask forcing air into their throats very difficult. Still, others have mild enough sleep apnea or snoring that they don’t need a CPAP but could benefit from deeper sleep and better oxygen intake.
While the way a CPAP works to help you keep breathing seems fairly obvious – using air pressure to hold your airway open – an oral appliance may seem a little bit more mysterious. How can a tiny oral appliance keep your airway from closing – especially when you are fast asleep.
It’s actually pretty simple:
Both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are caused by a collapse of the soft tissues or the tongue into the airway, blocking it and keeping you from taking a proper breath. But more and more research is showing that oral appliances like work amazingly well by gently advancing your lower jaw and keeping it in a slightly forward position.