Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing dozens, or even hundreds, of times during the night. OSA can cause medical complications such as high blood pressure, mood disorders, and an increased likelihood for heart attacks, stroke, obesity, and diabetes. Due to the fatigue it causes, it may be dangerous to drive or operate machinery.
Most OSA treatment comes with a recommendation of using a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine, though some patients do not tolerate it well. At Rashid Dental, we offer a comfortable and convenient alternative - oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliances designed to treat OSA and snoring assist in opening your airway by gently sliding your lower jaw forward. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine considers oral appliance therapy a good alternative to the CPAP machine, and many patients prefer its convenience and comfort.