Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder where the flow of air pauses or decreases during breathing while you are asleep because the airway has become narrowed, blocked, or floppy.
The treatment of obstructive sleep apnea depends on the severity of the condition. A CPAP machine better treats sleep apnea because it works by pushing air into the lungs. Sometimes people do not tolerate a CPAP well. For these people, an oral appliance can be a good alternative.
Dental devices, also called oral appliances, are custom-made mouthpieces that help position the lower jaw or tongue during sleep. Dental devices may be helpful for mild and sometimes moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can lead to a number of complications, ranging from daytime sleepiness to possible increased risk of death. Sleep apnea has a strong association with several diseases, particularly those related to the heart and circulation.