Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Obstuctive Sleep Apnea occurs when the tongue and the soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat during sleep. In some people, this can cause enough of an obstruction that it blocks airflow through the throat into the lungs. When the oxygen level drops low enough, the brain moves out of deep sleep and the patient partially awakens. The muscles of the airway then contract to open the airway, and the person starts to breathe again, usually with a loud gasp. This process can repeat many times throughout the night. The combination of low oxygen levels and fragmented sleep are the main factors in causing the symptoms the patient may feel. In addition to daytime sleepiness, slepp apnea patients are more likely to suffer from heart problems, stroke, and diabetes, as well as having a higher incidence of work related and driving related accidents.Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Since OSA is a serious medical condition, it must be diagnosed by a physician. Diagnosis is based on the results of an overnight sleep study called a Polysomnogram. If your sleep physician determines that an oral appliance is the correct treatment for you, we can then fabricate and adjust a suitable appliance for you.