Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Obstructive sleep apnea is a debilitating
as the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more (apnea is a Greek word meaning “without air”).
During sleep, the body’s muscles relax, allowing the soft tissue to obstruct the airway.
The body reacts by disrupting deep sleep enough to start breathing again,
but deprives the sufferer of getting a “good night’s sleep”.
Obstuctive sleep apnea (OSA) afflicts over 40 million Americans. Untreated,
OSA can lead to heart problems, strokes and excessive daytime sleepiness.
More people are killed by sleepy drivers than by drunk drivers.
At least 80 million Americans snore (a
breathing during sleep), which can result in excessive day-time sleepiness, cause a higher rate of headaches, adversely affect the sleep quality of the snorer’s bed partner, and diminish the overall quality of life.
Treatment of OSA & Snoring
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine now recommends oral appliances such as the myerson ema appliance as a front line of treatment for snoring and sleep apnea, and in cases where CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) has not been tolerated.
Oral appliances have several advantages: they fit entirely inside the mouth,
they do not use electricity or make any noise that would bother a sleeping partner,
and they allow the wearer to change sleep positions.