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Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea

As the word suggests sleep apnea is a disorder as while we are asleep. It is a critical disorder of sleep rising at an alarming rate as a sedentary lifestyle is progressing. During sleep apnea, our berating goes interrupted while we are sleeping means breathing continuously stops and starts.


As a result of it, our body and our mind become deficient of oxygen. As a result of which a person suffering from sleep apnea feel lethargic and sleepy during the entire day. This problem should be addressed at the right time for a proper cure or else it can be lethal.


There are various treatment available for sleep apnea:-

  1. lifestyle changes

  2. Oral appliances

  3. Mouthpieces

Here, we will be going into the nitty-gritty of oral appliances for sleep apnea.


For treating sleep apnea CPAP ( continuous positive air pressure ) is the most recommended treatment. Apart from that various dental appliances are available.


Oral sleep apnea devices help to keep the doorway open which otherwise wants to get shut, thereby easing the air movement process resulting in a quality sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea devices available-


Lower jaw advancing devices - These work by bringing the lower jaw slightly forward thus creating space for the air to flow and regularise sleep.


Tongue Retaining Devices - This help to align the tongue in a way so it doesn't fall backwards and smoothen up the airflow during sleep.


But nothing comes in this world for free so there are certain cons of oral devices, these are-

  1. More production of saline.

  2. They have to be customised.

  3. This interference may cause interference with the temporomandibular joint.

  4. Not very comfortable to wear.

  5. Not very effective for the adverse cause of sleep apnea.


But as the cause of sleep apnea is advancing timely diagnoses and treatment of the same should be taken so as to avoid the symptoms. If not it can prove to be deadly. in order to get the use of oral appliances both surgery and dentist appliances should work closely. Even after we get the appliances fitted to overcome the problem we should always concentrate on the lifestyle changes so as to increase the reflectivity of the same. Lifestyle changes include a structured diet and physical activity.



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