Plastic rail helps against apnea in the sleep

People with obstructive sleep apnea at night short of breath and have respiratory dropouts, because their pharyngeal muscles slackens in your sleep. If other measures fail and the daytime sleepiness gets out of hand, this is usually treated with a sleeping mask. A new study now shows, that in the night worn plastic rails can provide as good a service.

The Institute for quality and efficiency in health care (IQWiG) has compared two methods for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and found that a night-supported mandibular protrusion splint helps as well against day drowsiness like a sleep mask that keeps open by means of a positive pressure ventilation of the respiratory tract.

Rail hält the airway open

A mandibular protrusion splint is adjusted by the dentist or orthodontist and not in the night, that falls under jaw to the rear. As a result, the upper respiratory paths have been kept mechanically open. Many patients find the plastic rail is more pleasant than a sleep mask – However, a prerequisite is that sufficient teeth are present and no significant periodontal disease is present.

When an obstructive sleep apnea occurs in sleep, a narrowing or blockage in the throat area, which is accompanied by loud snoring. An estimated five per cent of men and three percent of women suffer from it. Mild forms can be alleviated by losing weight, avoiding alcohol and Smoking, as well as avoiding the supine position during Sleep. In more severe cases, it is used as a standard therapy for a sleep mask.

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