Obstructive Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Obstructive sleep apnea is a debilitating sleep-related breathing disorder defined as the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. During sleep, the body's muscles relax causing the soft tissue of the airway to collapse, obstructing the airway. The body reacts to the closure of the airway by disrupting deep sleep enough to start breathing again, but deprives the sufferer of getting a "good night's sleep".
Obstructive sleep apnea afflicts over 40 million Americans. Untreated, OSA can lead to heart disease, strokes and excessive daytime sleepiness. At least 80 million Americans snore, which can result in excessive day-time sleepiness.
Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea & Snoring
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine now recommends oral appliances such as EMA as a front line of treatment for snoring and sleep apnea, and in cases where Continuous Positive Airway Pressure has not been tolerated. What people like about oral appliances is that they fit entirely inside the mouth, they are portable, they do not use electricity or make noise that would bother a sleeping partner, and they allow the wearer to change sleep positions. EMA is FDA approved for the treatment of both obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.