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What you need to know regarding Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common dental issue that can be caused by various external and internal factors. For most people, they may not know that they have sleep apnea until they begin getting some of the daytime symptoms. Sleep apnea normally manifests at night and can indicate whether or not the condition is serious. Most people opt to go to a doctor for sleep apnea treatment.

However, sleep apnea is a dental condition that is addressed by an oral surgeon o orthodontist. Depending on the cause of the sleep apnea, the dentist will recommend the best type of dental treatment. Today, you can get a sleep apnea appliance that treats your sleep apnea slowly and progressively. Visit Wilshire Smile Group today and enjoy top-notch dental services.

How does sleep apnea occur?

Sleep apnea, like any other dental complication, may begin showing much later after the condition started. Depending on how serious the symptoms are, one may simply disregard the condition entirely. However, sleep apnea normally affects sleeping cycle by interrupting the breathing as you sleep. Weak throat muscles can collapse causing the airway to block. Once the airway closes, the victim begins to snore as they try to get more air during sleep. The victim may also begin changing sleeping positions to try and get a better posture to improve breathing. A sleep apnea appliance can help improve breathing by preventing the airway from blocking.

 

Types of sleep apnea appliances

Sleep apnea appliances are categorized into two different types. One of them is aimed at keeping the tongue from blocking the airway while the other improves the positioning of the jaws to reduce sleep apnea.

Depending on the cause of the sleep apnea, the dentist will help you select the most suitable sleep apnea appliance.

Tongue retaining mouthpieces

A tongue retaining appliance is designed like a mouth guard with a small section for the tongue. The tongue is held in place as you sleep preventing it from falling and blocking the airway. The device has a suction force that keeps the tongue in place.

These devices are best for people who are not viable for jaw readjustment. Sleep apnea can as well be treated by changing the positioning of the jaw. Tongue retaining devices are quite efficient and can act as substitutes for mandibular adjustment devices (MAD).

Mandibular adjustment devices

These sleep apnea appliances are well designed to improve jaw positioning in preventing sleep apnea. They are designed in a similar way as sports mouth guards. The device is snapped on both jaws before sleeping. The upper and lower jaw support the device inside the mouth. The appliance acts by pushing the lower jaw and tongue allowing for more space for the throat muscles.

This means that even if the throat muscles subside, they won’t be able to block the airway. The mandibular adjustment device is easily adjustable for patients and can be placed with ease. You can get top-notch sleep apnea treatment from Wilshire smile group.

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