The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) defines Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as:
“A sleep-related breathing disorder that involves a decrease or complete halt in airflow despite an ongoing effort to breathe. It occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, causing soft tissue in the back of the throat to collapse and block the upper airway.”
Traditionally sleep apnea patients identified with nasal obstruction have not been considered to be a good candidate for oral appliances and are typically prescribed CPAP. This is because a natural reaction to not being able to breathe through your nose is to mouth breathe. If an oral device were prescribed, you would find it difficult to tolerate because both the nose and mouth would have a limited capacity to breathe.
How O2Vent Works
The O2Vent® airway channel has been incorporated into each device that enables unobstructed air to flow through the device to the back of the throat, bypassing common sites of obstruction such as the nose, tongue and soft palate.