apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in
breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can
last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more
per hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes
with a loud snort or choking sound.
apnea is usually a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your
sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you'll often
move out of deep sleep and into light sleep. As a result, the quality
of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day.
common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In this
condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep.
sleep apnea can:
the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and
irregular heartbeats more likely
the risk of having work related or driving accidents
Oral appliances are most effective in the treatment of
mild to moderate sleep apnea although they do provide a treatment
alternative for patients with severe OSA who cannot or will not
tolerate positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP). Despite their
double-retainer-like appearance, oral appliances are said to be
comfortable to use. Sometimes for more complicated sleep apnea an
oral appliance and CPAP are used in combination.
Dr Chamberlain favors a
“mandibular repositioning dental appliance,” a device that moves
the lower jaw forward. It will serve to reduce the likelihood of the
sleeper's tongue falling backward far enough to block the airway.
Ask Dr Chamberlain if an Oral Sleep Apnea Appliance could be right for you.
We bill MEDICAL insurance for this service.