Sleep Apnea Appliance

WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?

Sleep apnea occurs while the throat muscles collapse as you sleep thus closing off the movement of air in the airway.

Patients with sleep apnea may find it difficult to realize their condition. One can only be sure by observing their sleeping behavior.
Sleep apnea normally has various day time symptoms like restlessness, exhaustion, and irritability.

ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY

Worn only during sleep, an oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer.

It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

YOUR ORAL APPLIANCE PROCESS

If you and your doctor decide that oral appliance therapy is the best treatment option for you, we will begin by taking impressions of your teeth and customize the best appliance that is best for your comfort.

Oral appliances are customized using digital or physical impressions and models of your teeth. These models are sent to a dental lab where the appliance is made.

Once your oral appliance is ready, you will return to your dentist’s office for a fitting. Your dentist will adjust the appliance to maximize its comfort and effectiveness. You also will learn how to clean the oral appliance and maintain it. After this fitting, your sleep doctor may schedule you for a sleep study to verify treatment success.

Follow-up visits with your dentist will be needed to ensure the optimal fit of the oral appliance. Effective oral appliances are always custom fit and adjusted over time to ensure maximum effectiveness. Your dentist also will schedule you for an annual assessment. These routine visits are an important part of your long-term treatment success.

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ADVANTAGES OF ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY

Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle.

PATIENTS LIKE ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY BECAUSE IT IS:

  • Comfortable
  • Easy to wear
  • Quiet
  • Portable
  • Convenient for travel
  • Easy to care for

LIVING WITH ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY

Treating snoring or obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. You will find that your symptoms, and your quality of life, can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment and use it nightly. It is likely that you will sleep better, have more energy and feel sharper throughout the day. You may find that your bed partner begins to sleep better, too!

Treating sleep apnea promotes a healthier heart, body, and mind. With your dentist’s help, you can improve your sleep and your health!

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