Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder that occurs when the muscles in the throat relax during sleep, causing tissues in the back of the throat to collapse and block the airway.People with this condition often wake up gasping for air or choking in the middle of the night. Two common symptoms of OSA are loud snoring and daytime sleepiness.The sleep appliances are designed to gently shift the lower jaw forward in a therapeutic position during sleep, which activates the airway muscles and ligaments to prevent the airway from collapsing. Each appliance is designed with comfort in mind for patients to wear throughout the night.
Night guards are recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night to protect their teeth. Guards generally last 3-10 years. Custom-made oral appliances can also be used as part of treatment for conditions like sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. In general, plastic appliances can be used to correct a variety of problems. Get your custom fit mouth or night guard from us here at Addison Village Dental today!