Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the tongue falls against the back of the throat during sleep, partially or completely blocking the airway. As a result, affected people often experience interrupted sleep and wake up gasping for air. Headaches, fatigue, and a loss of concentration are common symptoms of OSA.
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Cardiac arrhythmias, even heart attacks
OSA can increase your risk of death by 46%, which makes it more dangerous than smoking.
Sleep apnea can be treated. A custom-fitted oral appliance worn at night can prevent the tongue from falling against the back of the throat by positioning the lower jaw forward. The device can help reduce or eliminate OSA as well as a CPAP machine and is typically better tolerated. These devices are recommended for people who snore, have moderate OSA, are CPAP intolerant, grind their teeth, and/or have TMJ/facial pain.
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