Braces for a sound sleep
This one is for the snorers.
Many of those who snore while sleeping have a condition called sleep apnoea. It is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing for upto several minutes, or, shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. When breathing is paused, carbon dioxide is building up in the bloodstream. This signals the brain to wake the person sleeping and breathe in air. Breathing normally will restore oxygen levels and the person will fall asleep again.
Sleep apnea is often diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called "sleep study" which helps the physician diagnoses the severity of the problem.
While, CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure), neuro-stimulation, medication, etc., are routinely advised in the severe cases. Certain cases with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea,fare well with the assistance of an Orthodontist.
The Orthodontists can fabricate an oral appliance, called a MANDIBULAR ADVANCEMENT SPLINT. It is a custom-made mouthpiece that shifts the lower jaw forward and opens the bite slightly, which opens up the airway, making breathing easy, for all