Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment

Snoring is generally considered a mild condition and will generally result in limited daytime symptoms. Disruption to the sleep of the snorer’s bed partner is the most common and irritating side effect.

OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a severe condition in which the sufferer stops breathing repeatedly throughout the night. As a result, oxygen levels in the bloodstream often drop to dangerous levels. Frequently the sufferer is aroused from sleep. The most common symptoms of OSA are excessive daytime drowsiness from the lack of, and/or poor quality of sleep and snoring. Other symptoms include frequent headaches and high blood pressure. OSA dramatically increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, especially during sleep.

The FDA has approved oral appliances for the treatment of OSA. There have been hundreds of studies documenting the efficacy of this treatment. In 2006, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommended that oral appliances be used as a first line of treatment for mild to moderate OSA.

OSA oral appliances offer the following advantages over existing CPAP devices:

  • More comfortable
  • Less claustrophobic
  • Allow speech and drinking
  • Permit mouth opening
  • No noise from electric pumps
  • No hoses or face masks
  • More convenient for travel
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