Oral appliance therapy is a treatment from dental professionals for the treatment of sleep related breathing disorders, snoring, and sleep apnea. It is an adjustable appliance worn in the mouth during sleep. The custom made oral appliance maintains the lower jaw in a forward position. When used correctly, mild sleep apnea can be minimized and even eliminated.
How does an oral appliance work?
The way an oral appliance for sleep apnea actually works is simple. A device that looks similar to a boxer’s bite guard is placed within the mouth and makes the jaw bone sit a little further forward than usual. This stabilizes the tongue and lower jaw, repositioning them, thus making room for air to enter and to sleep more easily.
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Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
There are many distinct benefits of wearing a dental appliance for sleep apnea, these include the fact that they’re:
- Easy to wear
- Easy to care for
For some patients, an oral appliance can be an alternative to continuous positive airway (CPAP) pressure therapy.
How your dentist in Lakeview, IL can help
Working closely with your doctor to treat sleep apnea and snoring, your dentist will speak to you with regards to the benefits of the oral appliance treatment.
After conducting a complete clinical evaluation, including an examination of your airway, tongue, teeth and jaw, your dentist sends physical models and impressions of your teeth to a dental lab, where your appliance is made.
When it’s ready, you’ll visit your dentist for a fitting, and he/she will adjust the appliance to ensure it’s as comfortable, and effective as possible. You’ll also be shown how to maintain and to clean the dental appliance. You may also be scheduled in for a sleep study to ensure your treatment is successful.
Your dentist will also schedule follow up visits to check all is well with your appliance, and to make adjustments to ensure the long-term success of your treatment.
Oral appliance therapy outlook
With successful oral appliance therapy, you can begin to live your life again free from symptoms. Also, your quality of life can be dramatically improved when you’re getting a good night’s sleep. You will be reenergized and your mind will feel sharper when you get a good night’s sleep, not to mention that your partner will finally be able to get a good night’s rest.
So, if you’re concerned that you may have sleep apnea, and reside near the Lakeview, Chicago area, contact us here at Smile On Dental Salon Sleep Apnea Center today at 773-570-1647, and be sure to ask us all about oral appliance therapy,