For the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), EMA is worn during sleep to maintain the unobstructed state of the upper airway by increasing its dimensions and reducing collapsibility.
EMA is a custom-made appliance, composed of upper and lower dental plates with a unique, patented, fin-coupling component, which allows normal mouth opening and closing.
EMA is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, which makes it easy to carry when traveling. The appliance is comfortable and easy to wear. Most people find that it takes only one or two nights to get used to it.
The Advantages of EMA
- Permits normal mouth opening
- Allows speech and drinking
- Safe and effective
- Clinically validated
- Full lip seal
- Easily adjustable
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Do you snore? Are you often tired or sleepy during the day? Have you ever been told you stop breathing while you sleep?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea.
OSA has been linked to excessive tiredness, depression, and reduced resistance to infection. When left untreated, OSA can increase the risk of heart attack, hypertension, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, catching colds, and even death. It can have a significant impact on quality of life, because it places unnecessary strain on relationships between bed partners, family, and the workplace.
If you have OSA or display symptoms of OSA such as loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and witnessed apneas, it is essential that you seek the right treatment option. Ask Hippler Family Dentistry if EMA may be right for you.