Sleep Apnea is a condition characterized by temporary breathing interruptions during sleep. The pauses in breathing can occur dozens or even hundreds of times a night.
Symptoms include loud snoring and a gasping or snorting sound when the sleeping individual starts to breathe again. Although the individual may not be aware of having sleep apnea, the condition can disrupt the quality of sleep and result in daytime fatigue.
The most common treatment for sleep apnea and snoring utilizes continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) devices. Unfortunately this treatment option is often found to be intolerably uncomfortable for many users.
Treatment can also be accomplished with surgery to the soft palate, tongue and even facial bones.
Recent advancements in sleep technology have led to non-invasive alternative treatment options. Oral appliances are small plastic devices, worn in the mouth, similar to orthodontic retainers or sport mouthguards. Oral appliance therapy involves the selection, designing, fitting and use of a specially designed device that, when worn during sleep, maintains an opened, unobstructed airway in the throat.