These are oral appliances that help treat the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea by opening your airway to improve airflow while you sleep. Your dentist will help determine if an oral device is right for you, and if it is, make sure it is fitted comfortably.
When you fall into deep sleep, your tongue, soft palate and throat tissues fall into a relaxed state.
For those who snore, the relaxation of these throat tissues causes the airways to restrict, vibrating and rumbling them as oxygen is forced past.
For those with sleep apnea these tissues over-relax, causing them to collapse into the back of the throat and obstruct your airway. When the flow of oxygen stops, the brain is forced to awaken to consciously resume breathing.
These mini-episodes can occur hundreds of times a night, which prevents you from falling into the deep, restorative sleep necessary to recharge your brain and body.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have sleep apnea:
If you are diagnosed with snoring or sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend you use an oral appliance for sleep.
These appliances work by moving the lower jaw forward along with the tongue muscles and opens the airway.
This improves the flow of breath and prevents you from waking up frequently during the night.
Regular visits to your dentist will help you ensure your device is fitting properly so you can wear it comfortable and get a good night's rest.
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