What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles and tissues in the back of your throat relax and collapse your airway while you sleep. As air attempts to pass through this collapsed airway, tissues vibrate and cause you to snore. Sometimes this collapse prohibits airflow so severely that you briefly stop breathing; your body automatically responds and wakes you up, allowing airflow to resume. This pattern of air deprivation and breath resumption is known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can cause multiple complications, including: chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, depression, heart attack and more.
Solutions for sleep apnea
There are only 2 products that are FDA cleared to eliminate or reduce sleep apnea: An oral appliance or a CPAP. Both the oral appliance and CPAP eliminate or reduce sleep apnea by opening the blocked airway in the back of your throat.
How does an oral sleep appliance work?
An oral appliance sustains the position of the bottom jaw forward, preventing muscle collapse. Consequently, the airway is sustained open, eliminating or reducing sleep apnea.