EMA® is a simple, patient-friendly oral appliance for noninvasive treatment of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is the temporary cessation of breathing during sleep. This temporary cessation of breathing can cause you to snore often or awake gasping for breath. Sleep Apnea can result in restless sleep and daytime drowsiness. It can also cause serious health issues including increased blood pressure and the restriction of oxygen to the brain and blood stream.
How it works:
The primary treatment mechanism of opening the bite and gently moving the mandible (lower jaw) forward is achieved using interchangeable elastic straps that offer varying degrees of mandibular advancement. By holding the lower jaw forward, the EMA maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.
At your first EMA sleep appliance appointment we have you meet with one of our doctors to determine if the sleep appliance would be a good fit for you. If you are a good candidate, we then take impressions of your top and bottom teeth to send to a laboratory to make your custom EMA appliance. Once your appliance is returned to us, we then deliver the appliance to you and at that appointment determine which of the interchangeable elastic straps are a fit for you. After these straps are placed, you are ready to start using your EMA appliance during sleep.
Call our office with any questions you might have about the EMA Sleep Apnea Appliance!