August 1, 2021
Treating Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy has become a popular treatment option for patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) problems. Oral appliances can help relieve symptoms of sleep apnea issues by improving the quality of breathing during sleep. At Novi Oaks Dental, we can help get you into a custom oral appliance that is effective and more comfortable to wear.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs as a result of interruption in breathing during sleep. Patients with untreated sleep apnea usually tend to snore too much and stop breathing frequently during sleep.
This generally happens when the airway gets blocked, usually by the soft tissue at the rear of the throat that falls back during sleep. If the issue is left untreated for a long time, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to several lists of other health problems, including arrhythmias, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, and heart attack.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy and How Can It Help?
Oral appliance therapy is an effective and non-invasive form of treatment that Novi Oaks Dental uses to address sleep apnea. Instead of using a CPAP machine or undergoing jaw surgery, patients can choose customized mouthpieces to treat sleep apnea.
Oral appliances are designed to open up the airway for smooth, uninterrupted breathing.
Benefits of Using Oral Appliance Therapy
Patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea can choose oral appliances rather than going for a CPAP machine. Oral appliance therapy can offer the same or more benefits than CPAP treatment.
Ease of Use
The primary reason why people prefer oral appliances is because they are very easy to use. Most patients take just a few weeks to adapt to sleeping with an oral appliance.
Your sleep dentist can model the device to properly fit your teeth, tongue, jaw, and airway. This way you can feel comfortable wearing your customized oral appliance throughout the night.
There is no need for painful surgery in order to be able to use the device. Plus it won’t cause any physical changes apart from opening up your airway. Thus, oral appliances are easy to wear, convenient, and they don’t require great effort to adjust and acclimate.
If you have a problem with snoring during sleep, or you have been diagnosed with TMJ disorder or obstructive sleep apnea, then treating it in its early stages can help you prevent more serious issues and costly treatments.
By treating obstructive sleep apnea early, you can reduce the risk for serious health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Moreover, by getting better sleep, you’ll improve your concentration, daytime alertness, and emotional health. The qualified sleep dentist at Novi Oaks Dental can help improve your sleep, as well as your health. They are qualified and experienced in making a custom-fit oral appliance made just right for you to ensure the device is comfortable and effective for you.
Contact us at Novi Oaks Dental today to discuss your options for treating sleep apnea.