Dentist Roger Roubal speaks to KETV-ACB7 Omaha about oral appliance therapy.

“The soft palette or the tongue will collapse and actually stop the air from moving,” Dr. Roger Roubal explained. “Kind of picture a garden hose kinked, no flow — that’s sleep apnea.”

Roubal specializes in sleep apnea and he’s finding success at treating it with something known as Oral Appliance Therapy.

“What they do is limit the ability for one to open typically and it gently holds the lower jaw forward in a position to get the tongue out of the airway,” Roubal said.