How Dentists Treat Sleep Apnea
The dentists at Randolph Center for Dental Excellence can play a large role in the treatment of your sleep apnea. Whether you have tried CPAP and it did not work or you simply want a less invasive treatment method, we can help. Our oral appliance therapy is a non-invasive and effective method to treat sleep apnea. Talk to us today about your sleep apnea to determine if you would be a good candidate for this non-invasive treatment.
What is an Oral Appliance?
The oral appliance is a form of mouth guard that you wear while sleeping at night. It helps to reduce snoring and decrease or eliminate the risk of breathing difficulties due to an obstructed airway. The appliance is held by your teeth and is comfortable enough to allow you to get a proper amount of sleep each night. You will not be connected to any tubes or have any other invasive procedures that you need to complete in order to get rest at night.
How Oral Appliances Work
Sleep apnea can be caused by a tissue obstruction, misaligned jaw or a collapsing tongue. The oral appliance helps to stop this from occurring by pushing the lower jaw and tongue forward. This makes the space in the back of your mouth larger, decreasing the likelihood of an obstruction while sleeping. The appliance can be inserted on your own and is easy to take in and out as needed.
A Dentist's Expertise
The expertise of a dentist is necessary in order to properly fit the appliance. An ill-fitting appliance will not help your sleep apnea improve. Only dentists that have advanced training in oral appliance therapy should help you with your appliance. The appliance has a direct impact on your teeth and jaw and requires you to have a dentist oversee the entire process to ensure that there is no damage to your teeth, gums or jaw.
Choosing the Experts
When you suffer from sleep apnea, you need the help of a qualified dentist that can provide you with a custom fit oral appliance. We will ensure that the type of appliance that is recommended is the perfect type for your level of sleep apnea. In addition, we will make sure that it fits securely and provides you with the highest level of comfort. We want you to be able to be comfortable and rest easy as studies show that when sleep apnea treatment is simple and comfortable, patients are much more likely to use it.
Before you seek treatment, you will need an accurate diagnosis from your doctor or sleep specialist. You should first speak with your physician about your symptoms and then talk about the need for a sleep study. The study will provide you with the most accurate results regarding the level of sleep apnea that you have as well as the appropriate treatment. Once you have this information, the dentists at Randolph Center for Dental Excellence will be happy to provide you with the right oral appliance that will help to treat your sleep apnea.