You may ask, what does my dentist have to do with sleep apnea? Here’s the connection: Snoring or sleep apnea can sometimes be treated with an oral appliance available here at the dental office that is designed to hold the lower jaw forward during sleep. This repositioning of the jaw moves the tongue away from the back of the throat, reducing the potential for obstruction.
This treatment is backed by a great deal of scientific evidence; it is a good remedy to try before moving on to more complicated breathing devices or surgery to remove excess tissues in the throat.
Only a dentist can fabricate, fit, adjust, monitor, and treat complications associated with Oral Appliance Therapy used in managing sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD).