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Sleep apnea in recent years, over the last five to 10 years, there have been so many studies on how detrimental sleep apnea is for overall systemic health. Really what’s been considered the gold standard in treating sleep apnea is the CPAP machine, but not everybody can tolerate a CPAP machine and not everybody necessarily needs one.
So dentists, since we work with the oral cavity so much, we’re the place to go to to get an oral sleep appliance. The way they work is they essentially just move your lower jaw forward some and it opens up the patient’s airway, so when they’re sleeping the air goes down through their pharynx and airway a lot smoother instead of it being obstructed.
Some patients will continue to use a CPAP machine and an oral appliance, but it’s also really effective in treating snoring. We’ve had a number of spouses that have sang its praises for getting their husband or wife to stop snoring, and everyone is getting a lot better sleep and they feel more rested and they’re healthier because of it.