Snoring is the sound of partially obstructed breathing during sleep. While snoring can be harmless, it can be the sign of a more serious medical condition know as obstructive sleep apnea.
Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tongue and soft tissues fall back into the throat during sleep, totally blocking the airway. Obstructive sleep apnea has been associated with cardiovascular problems and excessive daytime sleepiness.
How can Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea be treated?
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can be treated with a medical device known as nasal/CPAP (continuous positive air pressure, applied through the nose) by oral appliances and by surgery, or by a combination of these approaches.
Oral Appliance therapy involves the selection, design, fitting and use of a specially designed oral appliance. This oral appliance when worn during sleep, maintains an opened, unobstructed airway.
Oral appliances devices are similar to orthodontic retainers or sport mouth guards.