Sleep appliances can be used as an aid for snoring and sleep apnea. Snoring and sleep apnea occur from the tissues of the tongue and soft palate closing off the airway while reclined. This positioning causes the throat to vibrate or snore, or in more severe cases completely blocking off the airway. When the airway is blocked and the oxygen level decreases, the brain causes the body to waken and tighten the throat muscles to allow air into the lungs.
If you struggle with sleep apnea, a sleep appliance may be the best treatment for you after consulting with our dentists and your physician. A sleep study will provide your doctors with the test results that will allow them to best treat your case.