Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Snoring can warn of obstructive sleep apnea. If you have this condition, your throat muscles and tongue collapse onto the back of your throat, block your airway, and make you stop breathing repeatedly all night. Luckily, we might be able to help. One treatment for sleep apnea is a plastic oral appliance that can help keep your breathing passages open as you sleep. Another option is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. This is a mask connected to a tube that gently blows pressurized air through your airway to keep your throat open as you sleep.
For most people with sleep apnea, CPAP therapy is recommended as the first treatment measure. Delivering a continuous stream of pressurized air throughout the night, CPAP therapy is the best way to support someone with moderate to severe OSA. Oral devices, including the MAD and tongue-retaining mouthpiece, can help those with mild sleep apnea. Successful treatment may also include using both an oral device and a CPAP machine.