Oral Appliance Therapy
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where breathing stops and starts throughout sleep. Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring and fatigue after a full night’s sleep. Since sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous condition, your medical team will likely encourage treatment in order to reduce negative symptoms.
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine backs a treatment called oral appliance therapy to combat the negative effects of obstructive sleep apnea. If you suffer from sleep apnea and it is determined that you may benefit from an oral appliance, our professionals can fit you for your device. This form of treatment can help you to have a more peaceful sleep, improve your attentiveness throughout the day, and contribute to your general health.
If you suspect you have obstructive sleep apnea or you have been diagnosed and encouraged by your medical team to begin oral appliance therapy, contact our team at Brush & Floss Dental Center to schedule your custom fitting today.
Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy
When you receive oral appliance therapy, your custom-fitted device will be worn solely during sleep. Much like oral retainers used to realign the teeth, your appliance will position the jaw in a way that encourages your airway to remain open throughout the night. Our professionals can help to educate you on the best device for you and perform a custom fitting that will ensure the device is able to provide the appropriate support to your jawline.
A professionally fitted device should be comfortable to wear throughout the night and quiet in order to minimize nightly disturbances. Your oral appliance will be easy to pack and travel with and will come with easy-to-follow care instructions that will add to the longevity of the machine. An oral appliance will likely provide you with the rest and relaxation you may currently be lacking in your life and require little time and effort to maintain.
Oral Appliance Therapy and Dentistry
Although obstructive sleep apnea may be officially diagnosed by your physician, dentists can certainly play a role in checking for symptoms and providing treatment. Our team will work with your physician in order to improve your sleep and support the betterment of your health. Once we receive a prescription for your oral appliance therapy device, we will perform a custom fitting by utilizing impressions of your teeth. These impressions can be created physically or electronically. We send your impressions to a dental lab that will then develop an appliance that is made just for you. When your appliance has been made and returned, we will then ensure the fit is appropriate for your needs, alter it where necessary, and educate you on how to get the most out of your device. You can expect to come in for regular fittings and annual check ups to ensure your oral appliance still fits and is performing to the best of its ability.
Receiving a diagnosis for obstructive sleep apnea can be a major step in finding relief from the symptoms that might be affecting your daily life. Luckily, treatments like oral appliance therapy exist to provide some comfort and help you to get the proper amount of rest and remain energized throughout the day. If you are interested in oral appliance therapy and desire more information about the treatment, contact Brush & Floss Dental Center at (203) 683-5253 to schedule a consultation.