Most people take sleep for granted!!! Snoring is just that funny noise that people may mock or imitate or can drive the bed partner to seek quiet refuge in another room. At best, it may seem like an annoying sleep noise people but there may be more ominous health risks that people may not be aware of till it is too late.
Patients who snore, suffer from daytime sleepiness, and pauses in breathing are unknowingly suffering from a myriad of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, uncontrolled blood pressure to name a few while also putting themselves at risk for work related or automobile accidents. Properly trained dentists can treat Obstructive sleep disorders by offering alternatives to traditional CPAP machines that are typically bulky and restrictive by designing, delivering, and monitoring patients with Oral Appliance therapy. Oral appliances can be used to passively hold the airway open to allow for easier breathing while still allowing the muscles of the jaw and face to remain in relaxed state during deep sleep. Patients sleep better, wake up more refreshed, and show improvement in health, and decrease chronic pain associated with poor sleep and facial muscle disorders.
Oral appliances are portable, easy to use, and comfortable giving them a much higher compliance and success rate than traditional CPAP in patients who have difficulty tolerating the masks and tubing associated with CPAP treatment.