Sleep apnea is very common and affects more than twelve million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health, and is caused when there is a blockage in the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. Males are highly at risk for obstructive sleep apnea; other risk factors include being overweight and over the age of forty, but sleep apnea can affect even children. Because of the lack of awareness by public and healthcare professionals, the majority of the population remains undiagnosed and consequently, untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant implications.
Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Fortunately, there is treatment available for sleep apnea – Introducing: FDA CLEARED INTRAORAL DEVICE FOR SNORING AND OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (FDA 510K #K093710). This new and innovative sleep apnea treatment device brings additional benefits to oral-appliance therapy.
The intraoral device stimulates protrusive tongue reflexes and has an open anterior design, which advances the tongue and enlarges the cross-sectional area of the airway. The two-part construction allows patients to talk, drink, open and close their lips, and is the most comfortable appliance available.
If you think you may have sleep apnea or have unexplained difficulty in your ability to gain restful sleep, let us help. Please call us today and schedule a Sleep Apnea consultation, or to ask us any questions you may have about sleep apnea!