Sleep Apnea and Treatment through Oral Appliance Therapy

This is a sponsored informational review.

Do you or does someone you know suffer from sleep apnea? In case you’re not familiar, sleep apnea is a common disorder where a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. Currently, more than 12 to 18 million U.S. adults suffer from sleep apnea.

Woman SleepingDepending on the severity, this pause in breathing can vary from a few seconds to a few minutes, and as you can imagine could be very hazardous to one’s health. Sleep apnea is potentially life-threatening condition that can also lead to:

• Congestive heart failure

• Stroke

• High blood pressure

• Heart disease

• Diabetes

• Obesity

• Depression

• Impotence

If you have not been diagnosed, but think you or someone in your family may have sleep apnea signs to look for include loud, frequent and habitual snoring, and breathing that stops abruptly during sleep. You may notice being more tired during the day or not feeling like you got a full night’s rest. Consult a sleep physician if any of the sleep apnea warning signs are present in your household.

One solution for sleep apnea that you may not have heard of is oral appliance therapy or OAT. There are more than 80 different FDA-approved oral appliances and are diagnosed based on the patient’s specific needs.

Myerson - OAT

To understand oral appliance therapy more indepth, Dr. Demko, DMD, president of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine provides a few key details:

Patients interested in OAT should first see a sleep physician to be diagnosed with sleep apnea, if they haven’t already. Once diagnosed, they can then go online to to find a dentist in their area who can help treat snoring and sleep apnea.

Oral appliances are very effective in treating sleep apnea because they maintain an open, unobstructed airway for patients. Depending on the patient’s needs, the device will either hold the tongue in place or support the jaw in a forward position to keep the patient’s airway open and provide a more refreshing sleep.

I’ve noticed that many patients find oral appliances more comfortable to sleep with at night and appreciate the ease with which they can travel when using an oral device, as opposed to the larger CPAP units.

Potential side effects of OAT are generally mild in nature and improve within a few weeks. They may include
excessive salivation, muscle and tooth discomfort and occasional joint discomfort. Major adverse effects of OAT
are uncommon but can include slight tooth movement, permanent changes in a patient’s bite, ongoing muscle
soreness or loosening of dental restorations.

AADSM logo_NEWIf someone in your home home exhibits any sleep apnea indicators, be sure to visit to learn more about OAT.



The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine is a non-profit organization of more than 2,800 dental
professionals worldwide that treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea in their patients. This is a sponsored post, I have not used OAT myself, but encourage whole family health and thought this was good information to pass along.