Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Is gasping for air while sleeping keeping your partner awake?
The cessation of breathing, or "apnea" while sleeping, initiates impulses from the brain to awaken the person just enough to restart the breathing process.This cycle repeats itself many times during the night and may result in sleep deprivation and a number of health-related problems including heart attack and stroke.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has published practice parameters, stating that oral appliance therapy is indicated for treatment of patients with mild to moderate apnea if they prefer it to CPAP, cannot tolerate CPAP, or are unable to use positional therapy or weight loss to control their apnea. OAs are also recommended for severe patients if they are unable to tolerate CPAP.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective alternative to CPAP intolerant patients, and you can eliminate the claustrophobic effect of CPAP and the cumbersome hoses and mask.