Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Sleep apnea is a serious, sometimes fatal medical disorder that affects around 10% of American men over the age of 40, and 6% of American women of the same age. Sleep apnea sufferers completely stop breathing during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times in a single night. Normal breathing ceases because the airway becomes obstructed, causing a serious reduction of airflow to the lungs.
There are a number of dental devices that can be used to alleviate this condition. The goal of most of these devices is to separate the jaws and push them forward slightly. This slight repositioning opens up the airway, and allows oxygen to flow freely again. Wearers of sleep apnea dental devices report that they stop loud snoring, feel more rested in the daytime, and are much more comfortable going to sleep. Sleep apnea appliances work best on patients who are not significantly overweight. They offer a viable alternative to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).
The MicrO₂ is the smallest and most comfortable custom-made jaw advancement device available!
Here’s why – the MicrO₂ device is custom-made with CAD/ CAM technology to uniquely fit the individual it is fabricated for.
And unlike other bulky appliances, it offers plenty of space in your mouth in which your tongue can rest comfortably while you sleep. No more mouth breathing!
Even better, you can open and close your mouth so you don’t feel trapped in your appliance the way you might in some others. How? The MicrO₂ comes in two parts. One device fits over the upper teeth and one over the lower teeth. These two parts work together to hold your jaw in the ideal position and stop your snoring!
If you have questions or concerns about sleep apnea appliances, please ask your dentist.