According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50 million Americans (about 1 in 5) suffer from sleep apnea and other related sleep disorders. Individuals of any age and body type can suffer from it. Even a small percentage of children have been known to suffer from OSA.
Chronic Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), known simply as sleep apnea, is a disorder in which your throat relaxes and collapses during sleep. When this happens, breathing becomes labored and your sleep gets interrupted. The resulting chronic sleep deprivation can lead to other health problems. The snoring caused by apnea doesn’t do much for your spouse’s sleep either.
Although more serious conditions may require surgery or a mask (CPAP) which forces air into your lungs, appliance therapy is a less expensive and convenient treatment to manage mild or moderate sleep apnea.
Not much more than a sophisticated mouth guard, an appliance opens your jaw and throat for better air flow during sleep. There’s no recovery from surgery or clumsy machinery to deal with, and the treatment is less expensive. Many of my patients claim a better night’s rest and less snoring from these simple devices.
Are you ready for a good night’s sleep? Is your spouse?