Sleep Apnea Dental Appliance
If you suffer from sleep apnea symptoms like snoring, you probably want to visit a doctor for treatment options. Upon consulting a doctor, you may be issued a sleep apnea dental appliance to diminish the occurrence of snoring. Oral appliances are often the first thing prescribed for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a disorder resulting from a blocked airway during sleep. Some patients do not respond well to CPAP or a pressurized air machine, so an appliance is often a good alternative option.
Getting a Dental Appliance
Patients most likely to benefit from using a sleep apnea dental appliance are those who suffer from mild sleep apnea but do not qualify for lifestyle changes like weight-loss, exercise, and quitting smoking. To receive a dental appliance, patients must first visit a qualifying doctor or dentist. As there are different oral appliances available, your doctor will help you select the right kind of appliance for your mouth.
Types of Dental Appliances
- Tongue Retaining Appliance
This sleep apnea dental appliance holds the tongue forward while you sleep. This mouthpiece keeps the back of the tongue from collapsing and obstructing your airway while you sleep.
- Mandibular Repositioning Appliance
This sleep apnea dental appliance holds the lower jaw in a forward position. By pulling the jaw forward, the tongue follows, making it more rigid and less likely to fall back and block the throat.
- Plusses of Dental Appliances
For the most part, these appliances are wearable and comfortable. Many sleep apnea sufferers complain about the mask involved with CPAP, as it can be uncomfortable and cumbersome to wear. It should take no more than 2 weeks for patients to grow used to wearing their mouthpiece while they sleep. These appliances are also conveniently sized, small enough to carry with you when you travel.
No sleep apnea treatment works wonders for everyone suffering from sleep apnea symptoms like snoring. Our sleep apnea doctor approaches each patient with new eyes, providing individualized treatment. Yours may include a dental appliance, CPAP, or even a combination of the two. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with our doctor and get well on your way to relief from sleep apnea.