What is the MicrO2 Sleep Apnea Oral Device?
If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep, or your partner complains about your snoring, you might have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Finding an effective treatment is important to prevent the harmful side effects of OSA, which may include daytime sleepiness, headaches and migraines, high blood pressure, balance issues, weight gain, increased risk of stroke, and more.
Dr. Ania’s office fits patients with a minimally obtrusive sleep apnea oral device called the MicrO2, an effective option for treating mild to moderate OSA. This could be the solution you’ve been looking for!
What is the MicrO2 Sleep Apnea Oral Device?
You have a few options for treating sleep apnea, one of which is wearing an oral device while you sleep. The MicrO2 is an appliance that fits over your upper and lower teeth. The intention is to hold the lower jaw forward slightly, which helps keep your tongue and throat tissues from collapsing into the airway and blocking your breathing. To maximize the usefulness of this sleep apnea oral device, you must have it custom-made by a certified dentist like Dr. Ania.
Features & Benefits of the MicrO2 Sleep Apnea Oral Device
Several brands and styles of sleep apnea oral devices are available today, but we stand behind the design and innovation of the MicrO2, which is based on the clinical expertise of leaders in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine. Here are some of the features and benefits the MicrO2 offers:
Durable and strong
The MicrO2 is the only sleep apnea oral device made from control-cured polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). This plastic is extremely strong and durable, allowing it to last for years with proper care. In fact, the manufacturer offers a three-year warranty permitting a free one-time repair, reline, or replacement per arch.
Still, if the appliance wears out, gets lost, or breaks, your unique bite model is saved digitally in your dentist’s computer. This allows a replacement to be manufactured in just seven days.
Comfortable and easy to use
The MicrO2 feels similar to wearing a plastic retainer. Because it’s designed using CAD/CAM technology, the spot-on accuracy means it fits over your teeth with incredible precision.
Inserting the device into your mouth is easy, and the contoured cheek and lip borders prevent it from digging into your soft tissues. It’s not overly bulky, either. The lingual-free design leaves plenty of room for your tongue. You can also open and close your jaw during wear, which is different from many other sleep apnea oral devices.
While other sleep apnea appliances have cumbersome metal hinges, screws, or elastics, the upper and lower arches of the MicrO2 feature unique 90-degree non-radius posts that are custom-made to fit your bite. These posts hold your lower jaw forward without any moving parts.
There are even multiple arches in the set you take home, allowing you to achieve the perfect adjustment. Simply trade out the upper or lower arch for another one in the set until you feel as comfortable as possible.
The MicrO2 is made of crystal-clear material, giving it a sleek, beautiful look. The clear plastic is also easier to keep clean than colored devices.
While the primary purpose of the MicrO2 is to treat sleep apnea, it also reduces tooth grinding. This helps protect your teeth and gums and minimizes the risk for TMJ disorders.
Benefits of Treating Sleep Apnea
Many patients who try the MicrO2 quickly see the value of this sleep apnea oral device in their daily lives. Here are some of the benefits of treating sleep apnea with the MicrO2:
Decrease daytime sleepiness, the primary reason people seek treatment for OSA.
Improve your quality of sleep so you wake up feeling rested.
Reduce snoring to help your partner get a restful sleep as well.
Improve your mood and mental health so you feel happier from day to day.
Increase your cognitive function to help you concentrate and get more done at work.
Lower your risk of traffic accidents by making you feel more alert behind the wheel.
Boost your quality of life with higher energy levels and an overall more positive outlook!
Treat Your Sleep Apnea with the MicrO2 Device
Ready to take a giant leap forward to improve your sleep? Dr. Ania can test you for sleep apnea with a home sleep test. If you show signs of mild to moderate OSA, you may benefit from wearing an oral device at night. We’ll fit you with a custom MicrO2 and get you on your way to better health and wellness!
To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ania, please call our Boulder dentist office at 303-443-0998.