Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a potentially serious condition which is thought to affect millions of patients worldwide. This condition involves partial or full blockage of the airways during sleep. As a result of this condition, patients with OSA have disturbed sleep patterns throughout the night and there are a number of associated risks with this condition including cardiac effects, stroke and high blood pressure.
One of the cornerstones in the treatment of mild-moderate OSA is the provision of a mandibular advancement appliance. Such appliances are fabricated by a Prosthodontist and Dr. Canning and Dr. Moorthy have successfully treated patients with OSA using these simple devices. A mandibular advancement appliance is worn during sleep and through its use the lower jaw is placed in a more forward located position. As a result of this, the airway is opened and the patient can experience a significant reduction in symptoms of OSA having a dramatic effect on their quality of life.
Further information on OSA and the treatment success with oral appliances can be found here.