The best treatment depends on the severity of the condition. For mild to moderate sleep apnea cases and for patients who are CPAP intolerant, an oral appliance is recommended. This oral appliance is different from an over-the-counter mouthpiece or night guard. The oral appliance is specially designed to keep the airway open during sleep by moving the lower jawbone slightly forward so that the airway is not blocked and the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is in an ideal resting position.
Other solutions, not offered by our practice, include CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) or similar equipment which helps to keep the airway open during sleep by ensuring that the pressure of the air available for breathing is slightly higher than that of atmospheric pressure. A surgery might be recommended for patients who have extra growth of soft tissues in the oral cavity or a poorly positioned lower jawbone which may be the cause of the blocked airway.
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