Sleep Apnea

There are three different types of sleep apnea, central and obstructive and mixed which is a combination of the two. Central apnea is a neurological problem that cannot be helped with dental appliances. Obstructive apnea is due to the physical closure of the airway by the enlarged soft palate (enlarged tongue) or retruded position of the lower jaw. These problems can be helped with an intraoral appliance. Mixed problems can be helped as well depending upon several factors that I can evaluate.

The purpose of the appliance is to hold the lower jaw forward to open the airway. The design allows jaw movement and comfort while holding the lower jaw forward. This will minimize the obstruction of the airway. Certain skeletal shapes respond better to this form of therapy than others. X-rays of the jaws are necessary to evaluate the condition.

I will work with your physician in order to treat this problem. A sleep study is necessary to diagnose sleep apnea and monitor the efficacy of the appliance.