The Moses® Oral Sleep Appliance

The Moses oral appliances are FDA cleared for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Is snoring a problem in your house?

If you feel your snoring is a problem, discuss it with Dr. Sepi the next time you visit our Minneapolis dental office. You may be a suitable candidate for The Moses appliance (oral airway dilator), which is one of the most efficient and effective methods for treating primary snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The Moses oral appliances are indicated for:

  • Patients with primary snoring or mild to moderate OSA who are intolerant of or refuse treatment with CPAP
  • Patients who do not respond to behavioral measures such as weight loss or sleep position change
  • Patients who are not candidates for surgery

The Moses appliances work by moving your lower jaw and tongue forward, thereby creating more space for you to properly breathe during the night. This reduces or eliminates snoring.

How does snoring indicate obstructive sleep apnea?

Snoring and OSA are similar respiratory sleep disorders:

  • Snoring occurs when the air you breathe vibrates the tissues of the airway due to a blocked or narrowed airways (nose, mouth, or throat).
  • OSA occurs when your breathing regularly stops or is slowed for ten seconds or longer due to blocked or narrowed airways (nose, mouth, or throat).

Airway blockage may be caused by excess tissue in the throat or nasal passages, large tonsils, and/or adenoids. Prior orthodontics can also result in airway blockage, especially if permanent teeth were extracted, or if there have been changes to the actual structure of the jaws.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious problem because your body is being deprived of the rest it needs to function properly during the day.

OSA symptoms include:

  • Snoring, gasping, choking, or gurgling sound
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Frequent sleep arousals
  • Insomnia
  • Morning headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Obesity
  • Frequent nocturnal urination
  • Limb movement
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Bruxism (tooth grinding)

Long-term consequences include risk of:

  • Hypertension, stroke, and cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Compromised immune system
  • Irritability
  • Learning and memory problems
  • Mental and emotional health issues
  • Sexual dysfunction

If snoring is preventing you from getting a good night’s rest, contact Isles Dental and schedule an appointment with Dr. Sepi!

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