If you snore or gasp for air in your sleep, then you may have sleep apnea. Approximately 25 million adults in the United States have sleep apnea. This chronic condition occurs when certain muscles relax during sleep, which causes the soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. Symptoms include snoring, gasping, or chocking sounds during sleep.
Dental appliances are one way to help deal with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Sleep apnea dental appliances are similar in size to a dental night guards and are more comfortable than a CPAP mask. These dental appliances move the jaw forward, increasing the size of the upper airway and reducing air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring.