Dental device said to help limit sleep apnea

For some drivers who suffer from snoring or other sleep apnea-related problems, a dental mouthpice may be an option. The Full Breath Solution is one such product.

For some drivers who suffer from snoring or other sleep apnea-related problems, a dental mouthpice may be an option. The Full Breath Solution is one such product. This dental mouthpiece was invented by Dr. Bryan Keropian, DDS, founder of the Center for Snoring & CPAP Intolerance, a state-of-the-art sleep dentistry facility.

Often prescribed for sleep apnea is CPAP, a continuous positive airway pressure machine. These automatically forcesair through the airways while a patient sleeps, but some people find the machine, which requires the use of a mask, obtrusive, the company said.

The Full Breath Solution is worn by the patient when they sleep and, according to the company, it is an “effective solution for snoring problems and for patients with mild or moderate sleep apnea.”

“Rather than pulling the tongue forward by advancing the jaw, the Full Breath Solution works by utilizing a tail that restrains the tongue from moving upward and backward,” said Dr. Keropian. “The tail lightly depresses the tongue and prevents its movement backward, keeping the airway unblocked. The length of the tail is custom-fitted to each person [by] using advanced 3D dental imaging for precise diagnostics to ensure the most comfortable and effective placement.”

The device does not rely on opening the jaw and moving it forward, as conventional mouthpieces require, thus eliminating many of the side effects associated with those devices, the company noted.

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