Do you always feel tired no matter how many hours you sleep? Do you wake up with headaches every morning? Does your partner complain about your non-stop and loud snoring? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, you might be suffering from a sleep apnea disorder. This serious condition is more common than expected, and it basically consists of frequent episodes of oxygen deprivation while patients sleep. During sleep, the muscles relax, and the tongue collapses against the back of the throat, precluding air circulation.
Sleep apnea can be treated with a mandibular advancement device (MAD). MADs are a type of mouthguard that patients should wear while sleeping, and they basically place the jaw in a forward position. In this way, the tongue muscles also come forward, preventing their collapse against the back of the throat.