At least 80 million Americans snore (snoring is a sign of restricted airflow and impeded breathing during sleep), which can result in excessive day-time sleepiness, adversely affect the sleep quality of the snorer’s bed partner, and diminish the overall quality of life.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine now recommends oral appliances such as the EMA as a line of treatment for snoring and sleep apnea, and in cases where CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is not tolerated. What people like about the oral appliance is that they fit entirely in the mouth, they are portable, they do not use electricity or make noise that would bother a sleeping partner. The EMA is FDA approved for the treatment of both obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
Dr. Donald Frantz invented the EMA appliance to treat his own sleep apnea. The EMA offers advantages not found in other oral appliances:
- You can talk and even drink water while wearing it
- It is completely free of metal and the EMA elastic straps are latex free
- You can easily change the latex straps yourself
EMA works by opening the bite and gently advancing the lower jaw with interchangeable elastic straps to increase airway space. The elastic straps offer varying degrees of mandibular advancement. Unsurpassed lateral movement and overall TMJ comfort are achieved due to the flexibility of these straps.
This oral appliance is only available through dental professionals. Only dental labs that are certified by Myerson EMA are able to offer these appliances. Image Dental Arts is an EMA certified provider of the EMA Oral Appliance and our technicians have extensive training in fabricating the EMA Custom appliance.
Contact us today for more information on the Myerson EMA Custom Oral Appliance.