Here’s What You Need to Know About Oral Appliance Therapy
September 16, 2021

Here’s What You Need to Know About Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy is a comfortable and effective treatment option for patients with snoring issues, obstructive sleep apnea, and other sleep-related disorders. Dr. Anjoo Ely has extensive training and experience in helping patients with OSA achieve the best treatment, including a personalized oral appliance. If you are experiencing any sleep disorder-related issues and looking for an oral appliance therapy specialist in Novi, or would like to know about the options and benefits of oral appliance therapy, read on for more information.  

What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?

In oral appliance therapy, a specially designed oral appliance is used to help keep the airway open while the patient sleeps. Dr. Ely can provide an oral appliance for sleep-related disorders, such as snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) if that is what your physician prescribes.  This is an alternative to CPAP therapy.  

What Causes Sleep-related Breathing Disorders?

When we sleep, our muscles start to relax. During this time, as the muscles relax, soft tissues such as those in our tongue tend to fall back toward the throat, partially or wholly covering the airway. When the airway is partially blocked or obstructed, it can cause you to snore while you sleep. In a more severe condition, it can also lead to sleep apnea, when you repeatedly and frequently stop breathing during sleep as a result of an obstructed airway. Frequent headaches and feeling tired during the day are primary symptoms of sleep apnea.  

What to Expect During Consultation for Oral Appliance Therapy

At Novi Oaks Dental, we understand how frustrating a chronic sleep-related breathing problem can feel. We also know just how hard it can be for many patients to take the first step to seek treatment. While snoring may often seem like a harmless habit, in reality, it can lead to numerous health risks if left untreated. Moreover, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea treatment may not always go as planned, and many patients are not satisfied with CPAP therapy. If you suspect that you have obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Ely can help perform a comprehensive examination and refer you to a sleep physician for your sleep study. Once an oral appliance is prescribed, Dr. Ely works together with her team of dental specialists to ensure your treatment is effective. Dr. Ely will take measurements of your jaw movement, teeth, and mouth. The measurements are sent to a lab where the personalized mouthpiece is produced for you. During the treatment, you will be required to visit the clinic periodically so Dr. Ely can monitor progress and make adjustments to the device as necessary.   To learn more about oral appliance therapy and the health benefits, contact us today at Novi Oaks Dental. We can help you determine the best treatment option for you.