How Does A Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece Work?

Sleep apnea is a condition in which muscles around the tongue and throat relax and cause the tissues to block airflow to the lungs while sleeping. If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea then there are different treatment options that could work for you. The two most used and effective methods are using a CPAP machine or a sleep apnea mouthpiece or mouth device. If you have mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea (osa) then an oral appliance for sleep apnea may be an effective treatment for you. These oral devices must be fitted by a professional and worn every night. These oral appliances work by moving the jaw forward, which increases the size of the upper airway which reduces the air resistance that causes sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece Types

The most common mouth device is the mandibular advancement device (MAD). It works by snapping over the upper and lower arches and have metal hinges that ease the lower jaw forward. Another device, that is used less commonly is the tongue retaining device, which holds the tongue in place to keep the airway open. Although there are many places online that sell oral appliances it is important to go to a professional sleep physician or a dentist to properly know which treatment is best for you.

Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece From All About Sleep

Do you feel that you are not getting a restful sleep or find yourself waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air? At All About Sleep we are committed to helping you and finding the right treatment for you. We will take the time to educate you on all the options that can best work for you. To learn more, contact our office today at (734) 259-6633 or visit us online.