Are you tired, stressed out, and moody because of interrupted sleep?
When a sleeping person stops breathing for 10 or more seconds, they have “apnea.” OSAS, or obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, is one type of sleep apnea. Lack of adequate breath during sleep reduces airflow, causing the brain to tell the body to wake up and breathe. In some cases, sleep apnea patients only move into a lighter stage of sleep, while other times, patients wake completely. Many factors may contribute to airway blockage, from the size of passages and oral or airway structures, to swelling of passageways or position of the tongue.
The sleep apnea patient’s snores can disturb a sleeping partner’s rest, too.
The gold standard of care used to be a CPAP machine which is a Continuous Postive Air Pressure machine to force air to your lungs. It works, but research has shown that the compliance rate after 1 year of use dwindles to a meager 10%. Because of the bulkiness of the machine and the limitation of movement, it usually finds itself collecting dust in the corner of the room.
Even more effective, patients may now wear dental appliances that reposition the tongue or mandible (lower jawbone) to facilitate breathing . A Swedish study showed that the anterior mandibular positioning dental device (AMP) is actually more effective than surgical therapies.
At Chesea Dental we have successfully treated patients with this appliance to the extent that snoring completely stops!