What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is due to the collapse of the soft palate and jaw of the mandible limiting, and at times temporarily blocking, the flow of air into the lungs. OSA is a physical blockage of the airway which is not the same as Central Sleep Apnea where the brain “forgets” to tell the body to breathe. Central Sleep apnea can only be treated with a C-PAP machine. Since OSA is a physical issue rather than a physiological one, we can use custom–fitted oral appliances that prevent the jaw of the mandible and soft palate from obstructing the airway.

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What are the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep apnea?
There are many different symptoms that are usually linked to sleep apnea including:

  • Chronic Snoring
  • Day-time sleepiness
  • Headache upon awakening
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Moodiness/personality changes

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, we can work with outside sleep professionals to diagnose and treat your condition accordingly.

Types of Oral Appliances
There are many different types of sleep apnea oral appliances. We offer several systems because every person is unique with different needs and concerns. Choose from a variety of oral appliance options with different features and costs. Our most popular appliances are the Somnodent MAS and the TAP3 oral appliance.

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Do not ignore symptoms of Sleep Apnea.
It is not safe to let a sleep apnea condition go undetected and untreated for too long. Be aware of the symptoms of sleep apnea and take action if you seem to suffer from any of them. It never hurts to undergo diagnosis for sleep apnea, as it becomes especially important if you do have the condition. Contact us for a consultation.