Jeffrey Tocci, DDS, provides custom-made mouth appliances to treat obstructive sleep apnea at Tocci Dental Associates. Besides his initial dental training, Jeffrey Tocci, DDS, completed additional education through both Harvard and Tufts Universities.
In America, tens of millions of people live with obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that interrupts breathing. While sleeping, patients with the condition stop breathing when the soft tissue at the back of their throats collapses and blocks their airways. Patients then briefly awaken, breathing resumes, and the cycle begins again, sometimes repeating hundreds of times in a single night.
Sleep apnea gives rise to a number of disruptive symptoms. For instance, people may experience daytime fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and even depression. Moreover, the condition can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Medical professionals have developed an oral appliance that patients can wear to address obstructive sleep apnea. The Food and Drug Administration-approved appliance, which fits similarly to a mouth guard, positions the jaw in such a manner as to maintain an open airway.