Do You Suffer From Sleep Apnea or Snoring?
Snore Appliance for Sleep Apnea/Snoring
In obstructive breathing problems often the back of the tongue gets thicker and during sleep falls back and down closing off the back of the throat against the soft palate and/or uvula (the little second tongue which hangs down), which then causes a person to gasp, wake-up partially, and get very restless sleep, especially the all-important REM sleep. Or the soft palate and/or uvula starts to lose its elasticity with age and hangs down and during sleep obstructs. A third reason for obstruction is that a person gains weight, and their tissue in the throat grow together, especially close when they are relaxed at sleep and the tongue naturally drops down and back, closing off the airway. There are other reasons.
There are several treatments, from surgery to slenderize the tongue, shorten the uvula and soft palate, to diet for the overweight, to the C-Pap machine to force air down the small windpipe, or an orthodontic device, which snaps on the upper and lower teeth, which causes the mouth to stay open and forward during sleep, thereby keeping the tongue more forward and up, so as not to obstruct. Ours is called a “Snore Appliance”. I and several of my friends and patients wear them with success.
They are made after we take impressions of the upper and lower teeth, your impression goes to the lab and in a week to two week you get your snore appliance.
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