One of the most common sign of Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is snoring or gasping for air during sleep. As the quality of sleep is affected, you may experience day time sleepiness while working or driving.
Lifestyle changes can help in mild cases of Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). These include cutting down on alcohol or smoking and weight loss. Sleeping on your side can also reduce the incidence of apnea during sleep.
1. Oral Appliances
Mandibular Advancement Splints are oral appliances that are fitted on the upper and lower teeth, and works by posturing the lower jaw forward, thereby opening up and maintaining the upper airway during sleep. These devices are potentially effective in patients diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA (see section on 'Diagnosis'), particularly where the airway obstruction occurs at the level of the tongue. Adjustments may be necessary in the first few months.
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