What is OSA?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.
It is a chronic, lifelong medical condition that can affect your sleep, health and quality of life. It has been linked to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, work and driving-related accidents and even strokes.
OSA can significantly impact the quality of life, placing unnecessary strain on relationships between partners, family, and the workplace.
What causes OSA?
All of the muscles in the body relax during sleep. In people without obstructive sleep apnea, the throat muscles relax but do not block the airways. In patients with obstructive sleep apnea, the airways do become temporarily blocked or narrowed during sleep, reducing air pressure and preventing air from flowing normally into the lungs.
Most of the time, the person sleeping is not aware of the breathing stoppages, but their body is, causing them to be tired during the day. This tiredness increases the risk of traffic accidents and work injuries.
Signs and symptoms of OSA:
A patient may have Sleep Apnea if they:
How SomnoDent Avant™ Treats Sleep Apnea
The SomnoDent oral sleep appliance treats obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) by advancing the lower jaw which keeps the airways open.
The appliance is custom-made to fit your mouth and consists of upper and lower splint that cover your teeth and will be titrated to advance your lower jaw throughout the treatment process.
As your jaw moves forward it, in turn, helps open your airway allowing you to breathe easier and sleep more comfortably for longer periods of time, helping you to reach deep, REM sleep.
Treating Sleep Apnea with ProSomnus EVO™ Sleep and Snore Device
Wearing the ProSomnus device (like a mouthguard for your upper and lower jaw) holds your lower jaw gently forward and opens the airway in the back of your throat. This makes it less likely that the air rippling through the partially closed airway causes snoring and your breathing flows more easily. This treatment is very effective for both sleep apnea and snoring.
ProSomnus Sleep and Snore Devices are custom fitted to your own mouth, they are very comfortable and make sleeping easier.
These retainer-like devices only need to be worn when you sleep. Most designs are easy to still speak and drink water if you should get up at night.