Sleep apnea is a condition that can be
life-threatening. It is a disorder characterized
by shortor long pauses in breathing
during sleep and is often associated with loud snoring and occasional choking. There are two different types of
sleep apnea, central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea is less common and happens when the brain does
not send the correct signals to the breathing muscles. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common and occurs
when the airflow  through a person’s upper airway is blocked, although breathing effort continues. People who
have sleep apnea can experience daytime sleepiness, insomnia, depression, early morning headaches,
decrease in libido, weight gain, urinary frequency and GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease).
People who have obstructive sleep apnea can have multiple medical complications such as:
Systemic Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Cardiac Arrythmias
Cardiac Ischemia
Cerebrovascular diseas
Pulmonary hypertension
What is Oral Airway Appliance?
An Oral airway appliance is a device that fits in your mouth and uses your teeth to position your lower jaw
forward. Positioning your jaw forward opens the back of your throat so that air can pass with ease to decrease
or end your obstructive sleep apnea.

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about  Oral Airway Appliances for
the treatment of Sleep Apnea.
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with special training in the use of
Oral Airway Appliances. Please
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A sample video showing
obstructive sleep apnea.

See him gasp for air, catch his
breath and then go back into
apnea after about 30 second.
Then, one minute later the
cycle starts again. One cannot
be in  sustained REM sleep
with this condition.
B. Saib, DDS
400 Market St, Suite 220
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 933-3388 Phone
(919) 933-3008 Fax
Oral Appliance
Therapy for Sleep
Apnea discussed
on NPR
TAP 3 in the news