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Oral Appliance Therapy for Mild to Moderate OSA

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If you have a snoring partner, it may be more than simple snoring. While not everyone who snores suffers from OSA or obstructive sleep apnea, it is a good idea to get it checked out by your primary care physician. According to Dental Cosmetics in Anaheim Hills, loud snoring is just one of the causes of the disorder, which could have major ramifications if left unchecked.

What is OSA?

Also called obstructive sleep apnea, OSA affects the passageways in the back of the throat. This prevents people from breathing. So much so, that it can occur as many as 30 times every hour.

Keep in mind that not everyone who has OSA is aware of the disorder. Unless you have a bed partner, you may not know that you are snoring or waking up gasping for breath.

While there is no known cause for the disorder, specialists believe that there are some risks involved.

OSA Risks

  • Obesity
  • Age
  • Sex, males are more prone than women are
  • Menopause
  • Large neck size
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Runs in the family
  • Certain medications

Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Tired all the time
  • Waking up gasping for breath
  • Depression
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Problems with concentration
  • Headaches
  • Problems with libido
  • OSA Solutions

While there is no known cure for obstructive apnea, there are treatments that you can use such as CPAP Therapy and oral appliance therapy. While surgery is an option for some, it is not as effective and may not fix the problem.

CPAP Therapy for OSA

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is the most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP therapy involves a mask, tube, and machine. The machine is hooked up to the machine and a mask that you wear when you are sleeping. While CPAP therapy does work, many find it impossible to live with, as it is uncomfortable and cumbersome. For people who travel for business or pleasure, CPAP therapy can be a nightmare.

OSA and Oral Appliance Therapy

Dr. Jack Ringer, past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a licensed and preferred provider of oral appliance therapy explains that oral devices are used to keep the passageways open. However, they are custom made to fit your mouth, are more comfortable than CPAP machines and much easier to travel with. There are several appliances available so you will need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ringer who will determine what device is best for your needs.

If you would like more information regarding oral appliance therapy for mild to moderate OSA, call and schedule a no obligation consultation with Dental Cosmetics in Anaheim Hills today.

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