Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy stands as an effective solution for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. The appliance is custom-fit to ensure that you get the best in results, as it improves your sleep and has a positive impact on your health as a whole. At Mor Smiles we offer our patients the treatment options that will work best to meet their individual needs. This includes oral appliance therapy options.
Understanding Oral Appliance Therapy
The custom-fit oral appliance is worn exclusively during sleep. It fits into the mouth much like an orthodontic retainer will. The appliance will support the jaw by adjusting it to a forward position, which can help with keeping the upper airway open while sleeping. Extensive research has demonstrated that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment solution for those suffering from OSA and snoring.
Types of Oral Appliances
Generally speaking, there are two categories for oral appliances used to treat OSA and snoring. There are mandibular advancing devices and tongue retaining devices. Mandibular refers to the lower jaw. These devices bring the lower jaw forward slightly, in order to keep the airway open. Tongue retaining devices secure the tongue so that it cannot fall back when you are sleeping, thus keeping it from obstructing your airway. There are also oral appliances that can do both, in a manner that is comfortable for the patient.
Benefits to Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is quiet, versus what is experienced with CPAP machines. It is an effective and non-invasive treatment that can readily fit in with your lifestyle. The appliance is portable, convenient for travel and is ultra-easy to take care of. The best benefit is, of course, the ability of the oral appliance to keep you breathing clearly when you are sleeping.
Are There Side Effect Concerns?
The oral appliance is made to fit your mouth. This custom fit will ensure that you feel comfortable at night when sleeping. However, it is possible to feel some minor jaw discomfort when you are first adjusting to the device. There may also be some tenderness in the teeth. This discomfort does tend to improve with time.
Oral appliances can also lead to an increase in saliva, which some people may find irritating until they get used to it. Any serious discomfort or concerns should be discussed with our professionals so that any potential problems can be managed in their early stages. There is also the potential for some minor shifting in your teeth, which is something that your dentist can monitor at your routine checkups.
Treating obstructive sleep apnea and snoring can truly make you feel like a brand new person when you wake up in the morning. Patients find that their quality of life can see a dramatic improvement, due to the improvement of their sleep. You will sleep better, have much more energy, and you will feel much more aware during your waking hours.
At Mor Smiles we are committed to your overall health and wellness. Call us at 223-258-5088 to schedule your consultation. With our help, you can see an improvement in your sleep, your mental health and your general well-being.