The majority of people who have obstructive sleep apnea are unaware of it. In fact, it has been estimated that as many as 80% of all cases are undiagnosed. The main indicators of this condition are snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness.
Oral Appliances for Treatment of Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Oral appliances are an effective way to address the problems caused by snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Representatives of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine made an important statement in the January 2006 issue of the medical journal Sleep, claiming that the aforementioned appliances are the first treatment option for mild and moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea.
How Oral Appliances Work
Oral appliances control snoring and obstructive sleep apnea by supporting the lower jaw in a slightly forward and open position. This also holds the tongue forward, which is frequently the source of airway obstruction. People who sleep on their back are at greater risk, since the jaw and tongue fall back and reduce the size of the airway.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
A simple way to evaluate your level of daytime fatigue is to complete the Epworth Sleepiness Scale.
If your score is greater than 7 and you snore, then you may suffer from this form of sleep apnea, which has potential health consequences, not to mention far greater potential for accidents related to inattentiveness. More motor vehicle accidents are caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel than drunk drivers.
Sleep Apnea is Associated with Health Problems
It has been found that patients with obstructive sleep apnea experience a far greater incidence of a variety of health problems, which include: high blood pressure, arrhythmias, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, strokes, depression, personality disorders, hypothyroidism, sexual dysfunction, and others.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Alternative
The vast majority of patients treated for snoring or obstructive sleep apnea by the medical profession are prescribed CPAP machines to control the condition. Unfortunately, 30-40% of patients give up on them within 3 months. By the end of one year, the statistic is approximately 70%. Patients stop using the machines for a variety of reasons, but generally they are not offered oral appliances as an alternative. Oral appliances are tolerated by 90% or more of the patients who try them.
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