It is a great way for anyone suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea to enhance their quality of sleep – and their lives! And since you won’t be snoring, gasping, and wheezing, your bed partner can finally enjoy more quiet nights of sleep as well!
While the way a CPAP works to help you keep breathing seems fairly obvious – using air pressure to hold your airway open – an oral sleep appliance may seem a little bit more mysterious. How can a tiny oral device keep your airway from closing – especially when I am fast asleep?
It’s actually pretty simple:
Both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are caused by a collapse of the soft tissues or the tongue into the airway, blocking it and keeping you from taking a proper breath. But more and more research is showing that devices like the MicrO₂ work amazingly well by gently advancing your lower jaw and keeping it in a slightly forward position.