Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that causes disrupted sleep patterns and low blood oxygen levels. This is due to the tongue being sucked against the back of the throat while a person is sleeping, blocking the upper airway and stopping airflow.
When the oxygen level is too low, the person will awaken and clear their throat opening up the air flow of oxygen again. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can help offer consultation and treatment options for treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Depending upon the specific symptoms and occlusion of a person’s teeth, Dr. Affleck will fabricate a variety of types of oral appliances to match up with a person’s needs.