"Sleep is defined as a physiologic and behavioral state characterized by partial isolation from the environment."
"A sleeping brain maintains a sentinel function to awaken the organism for protection purposes."
Gilles J. Lavigne, DMD, MSc, PhD, FRCD (C)
Snoring is the sound of obstructed breathing during sleep. While snoring can be harmless (benign snoring), it can also be the sign of a more serious medical condition which progresses from upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
While CPAP is considered the gold standard for treatment of OSA, some patients have difficulties with these cumbersome devices. Oral Appliance Therapy is an alternative to CPAP and may be the first choice for treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Oral Appliances are placed in the mouth and are worn much like an orthodontic appliance or sports mouth protector. They are worn during sleep to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat so that the airway stays open during sleep.