Oral appliance for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Sleep apnea is one of the most common conditions in the United States, it affects the quality of life for patients and can be life threatening. Oral sleep apnea, commonly referred to as OSA, occurs while the patient is asleep. Obstruction of the airway (either from tongue position or relaxation of the muscles lining the airway lead to either partial or complete blockage of the airway and thus affects the body's ability to get oxygen while sleeping.The treatment of choice for most patients is a CPAP machine(full face, oral or nasal mask that forces the airway to stay open via constant air pressure). For people who can not tolerate this device, an oral appliance can be fabricated that is custom fitted and has much better patient tolerance than CPAP. Oral appliances for sleep apnea are approved for use for any level of severity of OSA. The process requires patients to have a recent sleep study and a diagnosis made by a medical doctor.
After authorization is obtained, the appliance is made and inserted and patient may undergo a second sleep study to verify it’s effectiveness. This appliance may be covered under medical insurance.