Snoring is the sound of partially obstructed breathing during sleep. While snoring can be harmless, it can also be the sign of a more serious medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA occurs when the tongue and soft tissues fall back into the throat during sleep, completely blocking the airway. Left untreated, sleep apnea has been linked to many serious health conditions including heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke and other serious health issues.
Once you have been appropriately diagnosed by your medical doctor, your dentist can fabricate an oral appliance for you to wear while you sleep. This custom-made acrylic device fits comfortably between your teeth and holds the jaw slightly forward to open air passageways. The appliance is a highly effective alternative to a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine for patients who snore and/or have mild to moderate sleep apnea.