Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block your airway. This can cause you to stop breathing for anywhere from a few seconds to almost a minute at a time. These breathing pauses are followed by brief awakenings that disturb your sleep – even if you don’t realize it!
Symptoms of OSA
Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include loud or frequent snoring or silent pauses in breathing and choking or gasping sounds. Other common symptoms include:
- Waking in the morning feeling unrefreshed
- Being tired during the day
- Morning headaches
- Waking up frequently at night to go to the bathroom
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
How is OSA Diagnosed?
How is OSA Treated?
What if you lose an aligner?
Oral appliance therapy is the preferred treatment of hundreds of thousands of people with snoring and sleep apnea difficulties because their devices are easy-to-use, require little maintenance, and offer quick and lasting symptom relief. An oral appliance looks like an orthodontic retainer and is worn only during sleep. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help keep your upper airway open, which prevents sleep apnea and snoring.
- FDA/Health Canada approved for the treatment of sleep apnea
- Only worn while you sleep
- Small and easy to transport
- Discreet and noise-free
- Easy to maintain and clean
- Comfortable and custom-fit
Dr. Anthea Chang at Pacifica Dental is trained to provide OAT and can make a custom-fitted oral appliance using impressions and models of your mouth. Patients enjoy it because it’s comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable, convenient for travel and easy to clean.
Treating snoring or sleep apnea with OAT can help you feel like a new person. You will find that your symptoms – and your quality of life – can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment and use it nightly. Custom-fit oral appliances from Pacifica Dental can improve your sleep, restore your alertness, and revitalize your health.
Additional information and patient resources are available at: https://dentalsleep.org.