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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

December 5, 2009

Obstructive sleep apnea is a breathing disorder which occurs when an airway becomes completely blocked and breathing stops. This narrowing of the throat is usually caused when soft tissue collapses into the throat during sleep. In sense the brain is starving for oxygen. The lack of oxygen stimulates arousal to draw a breath. OSA suffers may experience hundreds of apnea episodes per night without being aware of their condition.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Worsening of ADH
  • Poor performance at every day activities such as school, work and personal lives.

Somnodent may be a the solution for some patients. SomnoDent is worn during sleep to maintain the patency of the upper airway by increasing the throats dimensions and preventing it from constricting. It is a custom made oral device that is comprised of upper and lower dental plates with a unique fin coupling component to maintain mandible protrusion. Only a dentist can fabricate a SommnoDent appliance.

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