The Greek word "apnea" literally means "without breath." Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is very common. Left untreated people with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. With each apnea event, the brain briefly arouses people with sleep apnea in order for them to resume breathing, but consequently sleep is extremely fragmented and of poor quality.
When the tongue is causing restriction of the upper airway and causes air to stop flowing this is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It is a common disorder that can develop into more severe respiratory or cardiovascular problems if left untreated. Symptoms of OSA include loud snoring, waking up to use the restroom frequently, feeling tired or falling asleep during the day and being 30+ pounds overweight with a large neck size.
A continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP) is used to treat people with sleep apnea. A CPAP is a device that uses a mask, tubes and fan to push the tongue away from the back of the throat and allows proper air flow. It will halt all occurrences of apnea and greatly reduce snoring. An individual with a CPAP device should wear it whenever they sleep, even for short naps. While a CPAP does not cure sleep apnea it will drastically improve your sleep problems.
Snoring is caused when the muscles and soft tissue in the throat and mouth relax making the breathing airway smaller. A relaxed and/or collapsed airway produces soft tissue vibrations during breathing and snoring is the result. Dr. Smith has provided oral appliances that can greatly reduce or stop snoring for most people.
A snoring appliance is an oral appliance that resembles an athletic mouthpiece. Small and flexible, it has no moving parts, masks, hoses, or batteries. Generally made from sterile plastic it is easy to clean with a regular toothbrush.
Custom fit by a dentist in one simple, painless visit. Fit to the patient's teeth to keep the upper and lower jaw in position when the jaw and throat muscles relax during sleep. This keeps the airway open providing restful, quiet sleep.
Comfortable for Patients - 88% of patients reported regular use of SomnoDent device - Unique SMH BFlex technology provides unparalleled comfort - Patients can talk and open / close their mouths and lips while wearing device.
High Quality - FDA 510(k) cleared and manufactured at an ISO 13485 certified facility - Customized using the highest quality acrylic which does not discolor or attract odors - Device life expectancy 3-5 years; and devices have a 3 year warranty against manufacturing defects
Uniquely Compliant - The first and only dorsal fin oral device with micro-recorder that objectively records compliance data - Reports include hours device is worn and patient's supine or non-supine head position
Clinically Effective- 15 independent studies demonstrate the device's significant clinical benefits - 91% of patients reported improvement in sleep quality with SomnoDent