Patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea who use oral appliances at night have shown a significant reduction in symptoms, particularly if they sleep on their backs or stomachs. These patients sleep better and snore less. Oral appliances may also improve airflow for some patients with severe apnea, and they have a higher compliance rate then the CPAP.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by
abnormal pauses in breathing—or instances of
abnormally low breathing—during sleep. Each
pause in breathing can last from a few seconds
up to whole minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times
(or more) in an hour.
- There are three types of sleep apnea: central sleep
apnea (CSA), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and
complex or mixed sleep apnea (a combination of CSA
- CSA is breathing interrupted by a lack of
- OSA is breathing interrupted by a physical block to
airflow despite respiratory effort.
- 84% of sleep apnea is OSA, making it the most common.
- People who suffer from sleep apnea are rarely aware
of having difficulty breathing, even upon waking. It is
usually only recognized by a partner or friend who has
witnessed an episode.
- People with low muscle tone and soft tissue around
the airway because of obesity are at a heightened risk
- Researchers revealed that people with OSA show
tissue loss in brain regions that help store memory,
linking OSA with memory loss.
If you are experiencing sleep apnea, call Lynn Dental Care today. With an non-invasive apnea screening, we can find different methods to help you with sleep apnea.