Sleep Apnea Appliance
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
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
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
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.