The device works by repositioning the lower jaw into a more forward position to allow the airway to open, therefore preventing snoring.
Sleep apnea can be caused by either complete obstruction of the airway (obstructive sleep apnea) or partial obstruction (obstructive hypopnea-- hypopnea is slow, shallow breathing). There are three types of sleep apnea—obstructive, central, and mixed. Of these, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common.
With OSA episodes, non-breathing typically lasts 10 to 20 seconds, 20 to 30 times or more in an hour. During these periods the amount of oxygen in the blood may drop.
Most people with sleep apnea snore but not all people who snore have sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes, and work-related or driving-related accidents.
Some treatment options include oral appliances, positional therapy, positive pressure therapy, and surgical options.
Call us today for a consultation to see if you'd be interested in an anti-snoring device (519) 974-6120.