Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep.
As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.
Types of Dental Sleep Apnea Appliances
The most effective, comfortable types of appliances are those made from impressions and models of the patient’s own teeth. Such customized appliances ensure perfect fit and minimal dimensions.
An adjustable appliance is highly advantageous because it allows the dentist, and importantly the patient, to slowly bring the lower jaw forward to the ideal most comfortable position that opens the airway.
A non-adjustable appliance makes it a guess to achieve the ideal forward position of the jaw and results in sub optimal outcomes. While such appliances are still being used and recommended by many dentists, experts in the field are in general agreement that they should have no place in current best practice.
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