Excerpt From The Huffington Post By Thea Beckman
Sleep-disordered breathing is a problem that should not be taken lightly. In addition to leaving you feeling groggy during the day, untreated sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea can lead to several other health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and heart disease. Effective treatments such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy and oral appliance therapy are available to treat obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat during sleep, blocking the upper airway. The traditional treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is CPAP therapy, which consists of wearing a mask hooked up to a constantly-running machine that provides air to patients while they sleep, helping to keep the airway open. Patients can find the treatment to be uncomfortable and cumbersome, and up to 50 percent of patients do not continue to use CPAP treatment long-term.
An alternative to this treatment is oral appliance therapy. Custom-fit by a dentist knowledgeable in dental sleep medicine, this treatment – which uses a mouth-guard like device to hold the jaw forward and keep the airway open – is easy to use and quieter than CPAP. READ FULL ARTICLE

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Thea Beckman

As the Director of Content, Thea Beckman is a seasoned and talented writer that has been working closely with the dental industry for almost six years. She began her writing career as a SEO copywriter, but soon evolved to cater to the comprehensive written content needs of businesses, from blog writing to press releases. In addition to her professional work as managing editor and content director, she maintains her own exceptionally popular science blog, Why? Because Science. Thea’s success as a writer stems from a lifelong love for reading, a fascination with language, her advanced university education, and a rare ability to present complicated or even tedious topics in a fun, yet sophisticated and engaging way.

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