Sleep apnea is a condition caused by airway blockage. It can cause snoring, or it can be more severe, causing an individual to literally stop breathing during sleep. This can happen scores of times each night. and the condition can be fatal.
Sleep apnea is treated in a number of ways, including the use of dental devices that move the jaw forward slightly, opening up the airway. This device looks much like an athletic mouthguard, and is custom-fitted to the patient. It can be a good alternative for patients who aren’t helped by CPAP treatment or don’t tolerate it well.
If treatment for sleep apnea using a dental device is a good approach for you, your dentist and physician will work closely together to create a treatment plan.