Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from a few seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or “sleep study”.
Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is provided to open airway passages and improve airflow to the lungs. In mild cases, weight loss may be all that is needed. Depending on the physician’s diagnosis, nighttime appliances or coordination for jaw advancement surgery may be provided.
Sleep Apnea / Snoring Appliances
There are several advantages that oral appliances offer over other forms of therapy. The appliances are easy to care for and are comfortable to wear. Treatment is non-invasive and reversible.
Our office works in collaboration with Great Lakes Orthodontics Laboratory to provide patients with the Klearway® Appliance.
The device works by moving the lower jaw and tongue forward. Studies prove the appliance, when worn regularly, provides substantial results for the treatment of OSA and/or snoring.
Most medical insurance policies will cover the cost of this appliance when the patient is diagnosed with OSA by a certified sleep disorder center.