What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
According to the American Medical Association, at least 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea. Unfortunately, only about 20% of those affected have received a diagnosis. Surprisingly though, most people who are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea are treated by a dentist rather than a physician.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a blockage or restriction in the airway causes a pause or delay in breathing. It may be due to a naturally narrow airway. It is also commonly due to the way the jaw rests while you’re sleeping. It may also be due to a smaller palate.
The solution to all of these causes is to open the airway. Dentists are uniquely qualified to treat this restricted airway by providing patients with custom night guards featuring mandibular advancement, that remove obstructions to the airway.
Elastic Mandibular Advancement Night Guards for Sleep Apnea
Elastic mandibular advancement night guards are custom night guards you’ll be fitted for at Metropolitan Dental Care. Once your impressions and treatment plan are complete, our dentists will send them to a premium-quality lab for manufacturing.
Mandibular advancement night guards work by pushing the lower jaw (mandible) slightly forward, while simultaneously keeping your bite open. This removes obstructions from the airway, allowing you to breathe easily and freely while you sleep.
Elastic mandibular advancement night guards are non-surgical and entirely non-invasive. In addition to treating sleep apnea, these custom devices also help treat snoring.