Millions of people suffer from the effects of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), struggling to find a way to resolve their problem. OSA can contribute to excessive daytime sleepiness as well as increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity and driving accidents.
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) has proven to be a highly effective treatment to manage snoring and sleep apnea. Oral appliances that treat snoring and OSA are small devices that are worn in the mouth, similar to orthodontic retainers or sports mouth guards. These appliances help prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep and promoting adequate air intake. Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear. Most patients find that it only takes a couple of weeks to become acclimated to wearing the appliance.
If you have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea or you snore regularly while sleeping, schedule an appointment at our sleep apnea clinic to see if you could benefit from oral appliance therapy. You deserve a good night’s sleep!
Dr. Jones is a Little Rock sleep apnea doctor and member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.