How to Avoid Permanent Side Effects of Oral Appliance Therapy

*The Two Main Side Effects of Oral Appliance Therapy are: 1. The teeth moving apart, resulting in spaces between the teeth 2. The lower jaw moving in to a different position, resulting in the teeth not lining up well anymore. *Avoiding these side effects is simple, but involves a DAILY procedure. Every night before bed you should FLOSS YOUR TEETH.  The … Read More

Side Effects of Oral Appliance Therapy

Possible side effect with OAT treatment of OSA  Wearing a custom MAD does not cause TMJ. However, if you have symptoms of TMJ they should be evaluated and treated if severe, before wearing a custom oral appliance. Often people with OSA clench and grind their teeth while asleep and can cause jaw TMJ muscle soreness and premature wear of their … Read More

Why is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?

Besides depriving the body of deep (restorative) sleep and REM (dream) sleep, chronic sleep apnea is a potentially fatal condition. But you may be wondering how exactly sleep apnea is dangerous, even fatal. During the night as the body is deprived of oxygen our heart rate slows down. During an apneic episode precisely when the body has run dangerously low on oxygen … Read More

Snoring Versus Sleep Apnea – The Differences and Similarities

Do you snore? Do you experience daytime sleepiness or wake-up feeling unrested? If you answered yes to either of these, chances are you are being robbed of oxygen repeatedly during the night but do not remember it upon waking. Besides the obvious dangers caused from lack of oxygen, the health risks associated with lack of proper rest are many, and can be … Read More