Sleep apnea is a serious, sometimes fatal medical disorder that affects around 10% of American men over the age of 40, and 6% of American women of the same age. Sleep apnea sufferers completely stop breathing during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times in a single night. Normal breathing ceases because the airway becomes obstructed, causing a serious reduction of airflow to the lungs.
There are a number of dental devices that can be used to alleviate this condition. The goal of most of these devices is to separate the jaws and push them forward slightly. This slight repositioning opens up the airway, and allows oxygen to flow freely again. Wearers of sleep apnea dental devices report that they stop loud snoring, feel more rested in the daytime, and are much more comfortable going to sleep. Sleep apnea appliances work best on patients who are not significantly overweight. They offer a viable alternative to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).
Dr. Adornetto recommends an oral appliance called EMA. This is used as a front line of treatment for snoring and sleep apnea and in cases where CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) mask has not been tolerated.
The EMA appliance fits entirely inside the mouth, they are portable, they do not use electricity or make noise that would bother a sleeping partner. The wearer can change sleep positions.
The FDA has approved this appliance for the treatment of both obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.