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What is Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece| How can it help in obstructive sleep apnea?

People who are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea can try to use the sleep apnea mouthpiece for getting the best of sleep. There are various kinds of sleep apnea treatments that sleep clinicians use for treating their patients. These range from intensive treatments like surgery to simpler forms of treatment like weight reduction or few lifestyle changes.

Patients with mild to moderate form of sleep apnea can benefit from the use of the sleep apnea mouthpiece. The device allows for a better airflow to the lungs without the requirement for covering the face. This saves the patiens form poor sleep quality and daytime fatigue.

Apart from this, a good sleep and proper ventilation of the lungs cuts down the risk of problems like heart stroke, diabetes or and also death. People who are suffering from bruxism or teeth grinding during sleep should also consult their doctor. In such cases too, the sleep apnea mouthpiece can help prevent damage to teeth and jawline.

How the sleep apnea mouthpiece works?

The sleep apnea mouthpiece assists in minimizing the effects of sleep apnea. The device is designed to hold the jaw in the right position and for keeping the airway open. On fitting the sleep apnea mouthpiece properly, the soft tissue gets prevented from collapsing and there is no interruption of normal breathing patterns.

People who sleep on their back are prone to a condition when the soft tissue presses against the throat thereby obstructing the airway. This problem is cut down by the use of the custom-fitted mouthpiece. The mouthpiece assists in the repositioning of the jaw as well as the tongue so as to allow an adequate and unobstructed airflow to the lungs.

Benefits of the custom-fitted sleep apnea mouthpiece

The sleep apnea mouthpiece is an ideal device as it can be adjusted in the mouth for use as per your requirements. Your sleep dentist would design the mouthpiece using the mold of your jaw. The tension in the mouth and jaw-line would get relieved. You would not be grinding teeth while sleeping.

You can find out more about the use of sleep apnea mouthpiece and whether it is suitable for you by visiting an expert sleep dentist at OSA Solutions.

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