New Appliance Reduces Episodes of Sleep Apnea by Half

A new oral appliance has been developed at the Hiroshima University Hospital for sleep apnea patients. This new treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea has proven effective in opening the airways. In obstructive sleep apnea, causes throat muscles to relax. This narrows the airways while you sleep. Indicators of the condition include snorting, choking or gasping while sleeping. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you do not sleep properly. You will notice dailySleep Apnea effects - paid - Depositphotos 51055441 s-2019 fatigue and a short attention span due to lack of sleep. In more serious forms of the condition the effects can be far more severe, even causing death in some cases.

Primary treatments at this time include CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) machines and single-piece oral appliances (typically made by your dentist). This new appliance brings the jawbone forward and enlarges the air passages at the back of your mouth. The new appliance is custom made for each patient. The new device allows movement of the jaw. This, unlike current oral appliances, eliminates effects on your teeth and eliminates changes in the shape of your face.

In a number of previous studies, measurement of the airways was accomplished while the patient was standing. This does not replicate the changes to the airways when sleeping. In the new study, measurements were made while patients were lying down. Based upon these measurements, the device was designed to widen the air passageways in sleep apnea patients. Researchers found that patients using the devices almost halved the number of sleep apnea episodes during the night because it widened passageways to facilitate easier breathing.

If you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, ask me about these custom appliances.