Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which relaxation of the muscles around the tongue and throat causes the tissues to block airflow to the lungs while you sleep.
Two of the most widely used and most effective treatment options are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and dental appliances, or mouth guards.CPAP
is the most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP blows air down your throat at night to keep your airways open while you sleep. The treatment is done using a CPAP machine
If you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and can't tolerate or haven't been helped by CPAP, oral appliances may be an effective treatment option. Mandibular advancement device (MAD)
is the most widely used mouth device for sleep apnea, MADs look much like a mouth guard used in sports. The devices snap over the upper and lower dental arches and have metal hinges that make it possible for the lower jaw to be eased forward. This will prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep and promoting adequate air intake. MAD can be used as an alternative to CPAP or with it.