Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a debilitating sleep-related breathing disorder defined as the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more (apnea is a Greek word meaning “without air”). During sleep, the body’s muscles relax, allowing the soft tissue to obstruct the airway. The body reacts by disrupting deep sleep enough to start breathing again but deprives the sufferer of getting a “good night’s sleep.” Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) afflicts over 40 million Canadians. Untreated, OSA can lead to heart disease, stroke, and excessive daytime sleepiness.
Over 100,000 people are killed or injured each year in crashes attributed to a driver who has fallen asleep at the wheel or was inattentive due to severe drowsiness. At least 80 million Canadians snore (a sign of restricted air flow and impeded breathing during sleep) which can result in excessive daytime sleepiness, cause a higher rate of headaches, adversely affect the sleep quality of the snorer’s bed partner, and diminish the overall quality of life. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine now recommends oral appliances such as Myerson EMA appliance as a frontline treatment for snoring and sleep apnea and in cases where CPAP (Continues Positive Air Pressure) has not been tolerated.
Advantages of Oral Appliances
Oral appliances have several advantages:
They fit entirely inside the mouth
They do not use electricity
They do not make any noise that would bother a sleeping partner
They allow the wearer to change his/her sleep position
The Myerson EMA oral Appliance
The Myerson EMA oral appliance offers several advantages such as:
It fits entirely inside your mouth
You can talk while you are wearing it
It is completely free of metal and the elastic straps are latex-free