Sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition that affects millions of adults in the US. Not only can sleep apnea keep you from breathing regularly while you sleep but it can also lead to other serious health problems. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Milan Sata is pleased to offer the Moses® sleep apnea oral appliance in Flint, Michigan. This appliance can help keep your airway open and help you get a good night’s rest. To learn more, please contact us at 810-694-0200 and schedule a consultation with our dentist.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that is often identified by frequent pauses or interruptions in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is a result of a blocked airway, often caused by the tongue rolling back into the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. If left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health issues, such as high blood pressure, liver problems, and heart disease.
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a physician. However, if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, our dentist can help provide a solution. At our practice, we use The Moses® opal appliance, an innovative appliance that helps keep the tongue forward and the airway open. The Moses® is made up of three main parts, each custom-made to fit your teeth:
1. A flexible upper retainer to prevent your teeth from moving and anchor the maxillary arch (upper jaw).
2. An acrylic base designed to fit around your teeth and keep the tongue towards the front teeth.
3. A guard that is attached to the base around the back molars. This attachment is pre-set according to your bite registration, but it is adjustable to provide ideal tongue placement.
Each of these three parts are often used separately in other sleep apnea or snoring oral appliances, but The Moses® incorporates them all to provide a successful appliance and treatment. Although The Moses® may appear more bulky than other appliances, patients can comfortably drink, talk, open their mouth, and close their lips when the appliance is in place.
If you are looking for a simple yet effective way to stop your snoring and treat your sleep apnea, The Moses® appliance may be for you. Come visit us today to learn more!