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An Oral Appliance May Treat Your Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Posted on 1/23/2023 by Dr. Michael Allard
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when an individual's breathing gets interrupted while they sleep. People with this condition tend to stop breathing many times while they sleep; up to hundreds of times. The three types of sleep apnea are central, obstructive, and mixed. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive, and its symptoms can be treated by oral appliances.
Oral Appliances Treatment
If you are suffering from moderate to mild obstructive sleep apnea, dental appliances might help fix the problem. These appliances help prevent your tongue from blocking the throat, making it easy for air to pass. Dental appliances help treat sleep apnea by mainly keeping the airways open. When you come to us with this condition, we will examine your dental structure and determine the most effective treatment. By wearing dental appliances when sleeping, the lower jaw, tongue, uvula, and soft palate will be pushed forward slightly. This prevents airway blockage, making you sleep better and more soundly.
If you have been diagnosed with mild sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy will work best for you. Using dental appliances to treat this condition also has several advantages. For instance, they are removable, and you won't have to wear them all the time. You simply have to place them in your mouth before going to sleep and take them out in the morning. It is also very easy to clean dental appliances, keeping them durable and in good condition. Keep in mind that cleaning dental appliances is very important for your oral health. If you are using these appliances to treat sleep apnea and don't regularly clean them, you risk developing conditions like tooth decay and gum disease. This is because bacteria will accumulate on the appliances and transfer to your teeth and gums. Visit our offices for more information on how oral appliances can help treat sleep apnea.